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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
KDDI Corporation has sold its entire 4.85% stake in Inmarsat, raising approximately £183 million in the offering.
Turk Telekom International (TTI) has signed the construction and maintenance agreement (C&MA) and become an official member of the Sea-Me-We 5 cable consortium.
Reliance Communications’ talks to sell subsea cable assets to China’s Citic Telecom have stalled, reports Bloomberg.
Swiss telecoms company Sunrise Communications raised $2.2 billion (2 billion Swiss francs) in a strong trading debut on the SIX Swiss Exchange on Friday.
Zayo Group is to extend its European long-haul network offering to Dublin, Ireland, as well as three new cities in the UK: Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
Innovation and convergence present opportunities for development across the Caribbean, but they have also highlighted the region’s regulatory limitations.