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10 January 2013
| Guy Matthews
A major subsea cable project sunk without a trace in 2012, raising the question: is there about to be a subsea construction lull? Guy Matthews investigates.
Submarine cable venture Pacific Fibre was formed at the
beginning of 2010 with the aim of building a new network
between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Its backers claimed the cable had every chance of success,
offering much needed diversity on an increasingly important
route dominated by ageing infrastructure.
The 5.12Tbps, 13,000km cable was scheduled to be ready in
2013, connecting the three countries and offering five times
the capacity of the Southern Cross cable system.
The venture has now folded, not because its basic aims were
flawed or unrealistic, but because it was simply unable to
attract enough funding to make the project happen.
The failure of Pacific Fibre does not suddenly bring
intercontinental cable building to a hard stop. Other major
projects around the world are going ahead, even if not quite at
the rate of the last few golden years that have seen...
Telecom Italia has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent for its 100Gbps optical networking technology which will enable the operator to deliver high-speed internet and TV services to both its enterprise and consumer customers.
Telkom Indonesia is to acquire Guam-based GTA from Japanese private equity firm Advantage Partners, according to local reports.
Nokia Networks has launched a set of data centre solutions which it claims is the first to merge the telco and IT space.
Alcatel-Lucent has enabled Windstream to launch Kinetic, a next-generation television service – alternative to satellite and cable – offering high-quality IPTV services to customers across Nebraska, US.
Cable & Wireless Communications has finalised its $1.85 billion acquisition of Barbados-based Columbus International.
Charter Communications has agreed to purchase cable operator Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion in cash and stock.