Characterized by steady growth since the early 1990s, Europe, the Middle East and Africa have all seen an increase in development over recent years. This has been one of the most consistent growth regions in the world, owing to its size as well as the important “crossroads” of the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal.
Figure 78 – Systems in Service – EMEA
While system count has remained relatively steady – with an average of 3 systems ready for service every year since 2002 – the actual lengths of these systems can vary. (Figure 78) The primary factor behind these growth spurts are the SEA-ME-WE systems, as well as large coastal systems ringing Africa. In actual number of systems accomplished, the EMEA region is the most consistent region in the world. It has a growth pattern that is seemingly immune to the industry’s boom and bust pattern seen over the past 15 years.
The EMEA region sees a consistent, annual addition of smaller regional systems. These complement the large, multi-region projects like SEA-ME-WE, ACE, EIG and WACS to name a few. These large projects span multiple regions of the world, rather than smaller, inter-country routes and are the biggest projects the industry tackles. Each system of this kind comes in at well over 10,000 kms per route — sometimes beyond 20,000 kms. Despite the steady system count, inter-regional projects like this cause a huge surge in kilometers installed with 2010 to 2012 seeing the most recent growth spurt for the region.
8.5.2 Future Systems
Table 12: EMEA Planned Systems