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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...
Alcatel-Lucent has signed a contract with the Tasman Global Access (TGA) consortium – Spark New Zealand, Telstra and Vodafone – to build the subsea cable between New Zealand to Australia.
Enterprise messaging provider CLX Networks, has partnered with France’s four mobile operators.
China Telecom has announced the expansion of its LTE hybrid network trial – including both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE technologies – to 56 cities.
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Australia’s Telstra has confirmed it is in talks to acquire subsea cable operator Pacnet, in a deal with an estimated price tag of US$1 billion.
Nokia Networks is claiming to have doubled the speed of Sonera’s 4G network in Helsinki, Finland.