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10 January 2013
| Guy Matthews
TE SubCom has spent decades perfecting new ways to minimise the risks facing submarine cable systems. Guy Matthews talks to VP of marine services, Frank Cuccio, about the dangers facing this essential infrastructure.
TE SubCom has a substantial legacy in the undersea
communications game. It has to date deployed more than
490,000km of subsea cable, enough it claims to circle the earth
more than 12 times at the equator.
Back in the rock and roll era of the mid-1950s, it built the
first transatlantic telephone cable system, and went on to
develop and implement the first transatlantic fibre-optic link
More recently, it has pioneered new fibre technologies to meet
the needs of submarine cable investors. In an internet-powered
world, cable performance and resilience matter like never
before, which is why dealing with the considerable dangers that
face undersea assets is so important.
Frank Cuccio, VP marine services with TE SubCom, is an
authority on the risks that cables face, and on the right steps
for mitigating those risks.
"My role gives me the opportunity to think about risk
Hibernia Networks has resumed work on its transatlantic Hibernia Express subsea cable.
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Tata Communications, Chinese vendor Huawei and submarine cable network provider Huawei Marine have today announced the successful completion of a 400G field trial on a 6,000km subsea network.
Alcatel-Lucent has upgraded the Apollo subsea cable system, which connects the UK and France to the US.
The SEA-ME-WE 3 cable that currently provides the only direct connectivity between Singapore and Australia was lit back in 2000. Regular upgrades have kept it in business, but the route has been crying out for some time for the diversity that a high-bandwidth alternative would provide.