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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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New Delhi - August 7th, 2012 – Reliance Globalcom, a leading global provider of connectivity, hosting and managed services for multinational enterprises and carriers, today announced availability of 10G LAN PHY, a dedicated Ethernet point-to-point service, as a standard service offering across all the major destinations on its global network.

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Southern Cross today announced in January 2012 the availability of the first 200G of capacity on the  Southern Cross Cable Network, a 28,500 km submarine cable system linking Australia, New Zealand and the US. And Southern Cross will offer a price reduction of up to 44 percent. In the meantime, Southern Cross also announced the deployment of 100G transmission equipment by December this year. 

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First of all, at this moment of the year ending,  Submarine Cable Networks hopes you all a fantastic holiday and a prosperous new year, happy and healthy.

In the year 2011 in our submarine cable industry, we experienced disasters, we were excited for the application of new technologies, we were happy there had been a surge of investment and there were new projects worldwide.  Taking a look back, I'd like to list some top stories of the year 2011.

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