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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
Japanese operator SoftBank Mobile has partnered with Syniverse for access to its IPX Network Solution to enable LTE roaming.
Colt is working with the London Metal Exchange (LME) to launch a dedicated high-speed network to provide market participants with a secure connection to the exchange’s electronic systems.
A consortium of six companies are to invest $300 million in a new trans-Pacific cable linking the west coast of the US to two landing stations in Japan.
NTT DoCoMo and Qualcomm subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, have announced the launch of what is claimed to be the first commercial VoLTE service in Japan.
Internet giant Google is reportedly creating a European venture capital vehicle in a bid to leverage growth in the continent from an increasing number of technology start-ups.
London-based Volta Data Centre has confirmed that the Secure Path Networks (SPN) Alliance has installed dark fibre connectivity into its Great Sutton Street (GSS) facility.