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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
Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) – the subsea cable subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent – has completed commissioning of the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS).
Japan’s SoftBank and Chinese vendor ZTE have signed a partnership for the deployment of pre-5G technology in Japan.
Home to more than half of the world’s mobile phone subscriptions, the potential for mobile money services in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in its developing countries, is significant. Agnes Stubbs investigates.
NTT DoCoMo has selected digital security provider Gemalto to enable connectivity for internet of things (IoT) applications.
Kenyans collectively spend more than $1 billion each year on off-grid energy substitutes; kerosene fuel for lighting, for example. That is, until October 2012 when Jesse Moore and his team launched M-KOPA Solar; a ‘pay-per-use’ solar system and mobile payment service created to effectively make solar energy the cheapest power option.
Chinese investment continues to pour overseas, presenting a major opportunity for the international arm of China Telecom to support Chinese enterprises. Agnes Stubbs exclusively talks to China Telecom Global CEO Deng Xiaofeng.