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ECFS Consortium Selected Xtera for Upgrading its Caribbean Festoon Subsea Cable System

DALLAS, TEXAS, USA – (April 23, 2013) – Eastern Caribbean Fiber System (ECFS) Consortium has selected Xtera Communications Inc. (Xtera), a leading global provider of optical networking solutions, for the upgrade of its festoon subsea cable system. ECFS subsea cable system is made of 10 segments, connecting Tortola in the British Virgin Islands to Trinidad at the south of the Caribbean arc. Xtera’s Nu-Wave OptimaTM equipment offers the possibility to mix 10G and 100G channel rates to support existing and emerging high-capacity services. Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs) are used in cable landing stations to avoid or minimize the number of regeneration points for island-to-island connectivity.

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Xtera Announces New Repeater for Subsea Cable Systems

DALLAS, TEXAS, USA – (April 22, 2013) – Xtera Communications, Inc. (“Xtera”), a leading global provider of optical networking solutions, today announced the launch of a next-generation optical repeater for subsea cable systems. This enhances Xtera’s well-established portfolio of solutions for subsea cable systems, putting Xtera in a position to offer a range of elements on a full turnkey basis that will allow service providers to build high performance and highly reliable submarine cable systems with significantly improved reach and capacity.

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Huawei Marine Achieves Breakeven by Year-end of 2012

[Tian Jin, China, April11th. 2013]:  Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. (Huawei Marine) announces first profitable year.

Although a relatively new supplier with large investment plans in the early years, Huawei Marine achieved breakeven at the end of 2012 after only four years of operation, passing a huge internal milestone and priding ourselves in successfully offering competitive solutions to our Customers.

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Cuba Trials Internet Traffic via its first Undersea Cable - ALBA-1

Renesys analyst Mr. Doug Madory found earlier this month that Cuba had activated Internet traffic via its first undersea cable “Alternativa Bolivariana para los Pueblos de nuestra América" (ALBA-1)landed at Siboney beach, Santiago de Cuba and linking Cuba, Jamaica and Venezuela. And as reported by FOXNEWS, Cuba's state telecom monopoly confirmed on January 24 that the island's first hard-wired Internet connection to the outside world has been activated, but said it won't lead to an immediate increase in access.

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Top Stories of 2012 on Submarine Cable Networks

Following the first edition of the Top Stories on Submarine Cable Networks, I'd like to share herein its second edition, the top stories of 2012 on Submarine Cable Networks.

1. No disaster, a rather healthy year.

In 2012, global submarine cable networks run rather healthy.
Unlike in the former years, such as Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Taiwan earthquake and typhoon Morakot in 2009, cable cuts in the Mediterranean affected 14 countries in 2008, and Taiwan Hengchun earthquake in 2006, there were disasters and accidents resulted in regional and even global impacts to submarine cable networks and global traffic. Although there were cable cuts from time to time in 2012, the whole submarine cable networks kept rather healthy and resilient.
No disaster, no story, this is the best story of the year 2012 on submarine cable networks.

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Xtera Leads in Submarine Cable Network Upgrades

According to a study published in the November 2012 issue of Submarine Telecoms Forum magazine, Xtera leads in submarine cable network upgrades in 2012 with 35% of market shares, Infinera takes the second, and Ciena seats the third. And it also shows in the study that 100G upgrades is now dominated in the market.

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TeleGeography: Global Bandwidth Pricing Trends

Source: TeleGeography

Prices for wholesale IP transit services continued to decline globally over the last few years. 
TeleGeography has identified that GigE ports declined at a compounded annual rate of 34% in London, 28% in New York, 26% in Hong Kong and 20% in São Paulo between Q2 2009 and Q2 2012.

Although prices have declined globally, significant geographic differences remain. TeleGeography notes that the median GigE price in Hong Kong has remained 2.7 to 5.1 times the price of a GigE port in London over the past three years.

Similarly, the price of a GigE port in São Paulo has remained between 5.2 and 8.2 times the price of a comparable port in New York. 

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Capacity Magazine's Interview to Chris Wood, WIOCC: Lion's share of Africa's market

Source: Capacity Magazine's interview to Chris Wood, CEO at African cable consortium WIOCC.

Chris Wood has overseen the remarkable rise of one of the largest subsea cable consortium groups in telecoms today. The WIOCC CEO shares his African adventure with Kavit Majithia.

Chris Wood, CEO at African cable consortium WIOCC, conducted this interview from the heady heights of Mount Kenya. 

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Insight on Alcatel-Lucent's Plan to Sell Submarine Cable Business

According to news from REUTERS on Nov. 2, Alcatel-Lucent is weighing selling its submarine cable business and a unit that sells telephone systems to big companies as part of its effort to shore up its balance sheet. The construction of new submarine cable projects is slowing down, can Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks survive for the next investment surge?

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