The snaking submarine optical fiber cables resting in the darkest depths of the ocean floor carrying ultra-dense bundles of light signals that are modulated on every parameter of signal propagation that physics has defined, enhancing spectral efficiency, packing more bits per hertz and lowering cost per bit, to deliver incredible transmission capacity between cities, countries and continents. This is unarguably the submerged foundation of digital destiny for everything globalized and digital in business ecosystems spanning connectivity, cloud, content and commerce, that propels innovation for – MORE, endlessly. This article aims to present a brief synopsis of the leading-edge developments in technology and market landscape, take a closer look at the new era of open and disaggregated submarine cable systems, CLS design and characterize Open CLS in light of the new developments.
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 30, 2019 - CloudSmartz, a global software company exclusively focused on next-generation solutions for Communications Service Providers, in collaboration with Seaborn Networks ("Seaborn"), a leading developer-owner-operator of subsea fiber optic cable systems, today announced that CloudSmartz will enable Seaborn's digital transformation strategy and deployment over the next several months. Seaborn's Seabras-1 offers the only direct POP-POP route between São Paulo, Brazil, and New York City, USA, and soon will offer an end-to-end automation platform that will enable services to be delivered by leading SDN technology.
The Landing Party Agreement for PEACE cable system was signed between Telecom Egypt, Hengtong and PCCW Global on 27th April, 2019 in Beijing during the second Belt and Road summit. In the presence of the minister of telecommunication of Egypt Dr. Amr Talaat and the chairman of Hengtong Group Mr. Cui Genliang, Mr. Adel Hamed, CEO of Telecom Egypt, Mr. Wu Qianjun, VP of Hengtong Group and CEO of PEACE, Mr. Jordick Wong, senior VP of PCCW Global, together signed the agreement.
According to 24horas, the National Television of Chile, Google’s Curie subsea cable has landed in Chile, connecting Valparaíso and California to the Google network. In earlier this year, Google has selected Equinix LA4 as its Los Angeles cable landing station (CLS) for the Curie subsea cable system. According to Google, Curie cable lands at CenturyLink's Valparaíso Cable Landing Station at Subida Leopoldo Carvallo 350, Valparaíso, and will connect to Quilicura Google Data Center in Santiago, Chile.
Infinera announced that Kanawa, a new subsea cable owned and operated by Orange in the Caribbean, now offers reliable, high-capacity network services for its existing customers, operators and internet content providers who require additional capacity. Kanawa is powered by Infinera’s fourth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4)-based XTS 3600 platform and Infinera Instant Bandwidth.
According to PEACE, PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd. (PEACE) and Cyber Internet Services Pvt Ltd(Cybernet) signed a Cable Landing Party Agreement on April 16, 2019 at Capacity North Africa in Cairo, follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties in 2018. Cybernet, amongst Pakistan’s oldest ISPs, is the PEACE Cable Landing Station Partner in Pakistan and has been entrusted with deploying PEACE Pakistan Cable Landing Station (CLS) and managing its operations. Cybernet will build the first carrier-neutral cable landing station in Karachi, Pakistan. PEACE cable is targeted for completion in Q1, 2020.
Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top ten global operators, announced on April 12 a long-term investment for the deployment of BlueMed submarine cable linking Palermo with Genoa. The BlueMed cable system will connect Sparkle’s Sicily Hub open data center in Palermo and Milan’s rich digital ecosystem.
According to Google and SubCom, Google's Dunant cable system will implement SubCom’s space division multiplexing technology (SDM) and high fiber count (HFC) architecture. Dunant cable system will be the first ever in-service undersea cable featuring a 12 fiber-pair SDM design. Dunant will also deliver record-breaking capacity of 250 terabits per second across the Atlantic.
The DARE1 consortium comprising Djibouti Telecom and Somtel and its supplier SubCom announced in later March the completion of marine survey for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system. The DARE1 cable route has been also finalized, adding a new cable landing station in Bosaso, Somalia. The DARE1 cable system will be deployed with 40 x 300 Gbps DWDM technology.
RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd. (RTI) announced on Monday that the Japan-Guam-Australia South Cable System (JGA South) construction of is on schedule and will be commercially available by the end of the year. The JGA South undersea cable and repeaters are being loaded for marine installation. JGA South connects sealessly with SEA-US, JGA North, HK-G at Piti cable landing station in Guam.
According to SubCom, H2 Cable and SubCom signed on Tuesday the contract for the supply and installation of the H2 submarine cable system. The H2 cable will be the first to connect Australia and Hong Kong with direct access to China. The H2 cable system is designed with for a number of branching units that can be deployed to locations including Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Guam, Queensland, Hawaii and Los Angeles.
Mr. Rémi Galasso, Founder and CEO at Hawaiki Cable Limited just announced breaking news at Linkedin today, H2 cable system supply contract has been awarded to SubCom and signed today in New Orleans at SubOptic 2019 by H2 CEO Georges Krebs. H2 cable system will be the first direct cable between Sydney and Hong Kong (9,200km), with a branch to Los Angeles (12,500km). H2 cable will provides optimal diversity with existing Hawaiki cable.
15 submarine cables land in India and cater to international connectivity requirements. The number looks reasonably impressive, but their readiness and economic longevity to meet the hyperscale requirements does not evoke confidence. The majority built by large telco consortiums were developed over the last two decades to meet collective requirements of the consortium members, and they were the exclusive landing parties in their respective home countries. The four well-known telco carriers that are landing party in India have had a blissful journey activating STM1/STM4/STM16 links for their walled gardens of business and leveraged the regulatory framework to their advantage.
IX Reach announced recently its partnership with Djibouti Data Center for its networkexpansion into East Africa. IX Reach is the leading provider of SDN cloud connectivity, remote peering and Ethernet services to more than 170 global locations. Djibouti Data Center is the first and only Tier 3 carrier neutral data center in east Africa with direct access to all major international and regional cable systems connecting Africa to Europe, Middle Eastern, and Asian markets.
EMACOM and the EllaLink Group announced on Tuesday that their partnership on the EllaLink cable system has extended further in order to meet the growing capacity demands of the islands of Madeira. EMACOM currently own a dedicated fiber pair on the EllaLink system which is designed to carry over 24Tbps of traffic. New plans under discussion propose to increase the number of direct fiber pairs between Funchal and mainland Portugal in order to provide EMACOM with additional capacity in excess of 70Tbps.