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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
NTT Communications is to heighten its focus on serving the enterprise segment under newly-appointed CEO Tetsuya Shoji.
African operators MTN Group and Liquid Telecom have teamed up to jointly offer customers what they claim will be the largest fixed and mobile footprint on the continent.
Equinix has revealed the availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect in Equinix’s Osaka International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre (OS1).
Equinix has today revealed a partnership with subsea network solution provider AquaComms for the deployment of its transatlantic fibre-optic route, America Europe Connect (AEConnect).
Japan’s SoftBank has spent an estimated $87 million on an additional 22.9 million shares in Sprint, Reuters reports.
Vodacom Group, the South African unit of Vodafone Group, has appointed Ian Ferrao as managing director of its Tanzania subsidiary.