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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...
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent is launching a TWDM-PON (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Networks) solution, in what it claims is an industry first.
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has deployed its switching technology in the world’s longest tunnel.
Korea’s KT and multinational vendor Alcatel-Lucent have signed a technical agreement pledging to drive innovation and the faster adoption of network functions virtualisation (NFV).
The AAE-1 cable consortium has signed a supply contract with vendor NEC Corporation for the S1H segment of the cable.
Alcatel-Lucent has opened an innovation facility in Tokyo designed to provide its customers with demonstrations and co-creation opportunities in advanced technologies.
Huawei Marine Networks has officially started construction work on the Far East submarine system designed to deliver enhanced communications services to Russia.