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10 January 2013
| Guy Matthews
Submarine cable projects that address small communities don’t always make the headlines, but nevertheless have the ability to transform lives through the power of fibre connectivity.
A great deal of fanfare inevitably attends the launch of a
major submarine network. The lighting of an IMEWE or an EASSy
is, quite understandably, the subject of much press coverage,
amid talk of important stimulus for developing economies in
need of either added cable diversity or increased international
The rationale for these multi-terabit projects tends to speak
for itself. Less obvious at times is the business case for the
dozens of smaller fibre launches that take place largely
unheralded each year.
In fact, outside of the often very small communities these
cables are built to support, virtually no attention is
Between them, though, these smaller systems are quietly
filling in the digital gaps on the world map, empowering
populations that have been marginalised by reliance on
high-priced satellite connectivity for decades.
Here we examine a sample of three of the less celebrated
submarine projects of the past...
Sea Fibre Networks
Global Cloud Xchange has today launched Cloud X Fusion, a connectivity solution for enterprises, with direct access to the Google Cloud platform.
Tigo Tanzania has launched its 4G LTE service in the country, which it claims will be Tanzania's largest and fastest internet network.
Vodafone has signed an agreement with MTN that will allow both of its customers to transfer money in East Africa.
Thuraya Telecommunications Company has appointed its first female member, Farah Al Mazrui, to its board of directors.
Equinix has made two key expansions this week with the launch of its sixth data centre in London, UK – named LD6 – as well as its TR2 data centre in Toronto, Canada.
South Korea’s LG Uplus has launched what it claims is the world’s first voice over LTE (VoLTE) roaming service in partnership with Japan’s KDDI.