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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
Innovation and convergence present opportunities for development across the Caribbean, but they have also highlighted the region’s regulatory limitations.
NTT Communications has today revealed an agreement with the Japan Exchange Group (JPX) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) for the launch of a low-latency service between the co-location facilities of JPX and SGX.
New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX) announced that it is developing a 52,235 square foot data centre along the northern New Jersey coast.
Swiss electronics company TE Connectivity is nearing a deal to sell its network equipment business to US vendor CommScope, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Infinera and Telstra have demonstrated next-generation submarine super-channel technology, which is expected to increase the capacity of a single fibre by 50%.
Google could launch a mobile phone service to US consumers as early as this year, according to technology site The Information.