With two new systems added in 2017 none in 2018 and 4 systems planned through 2021, new system development will continue at a sporadic pace. This continues to follow the feast-or-famine style of system development that is the historical norm.
Figure 82 – KMS Added – Indian Ocean Pan-East Asian
The region enjoyed the addition of 2 major systems in 2017, and the five systems planned for the period 2020-2022 potentially add nearly 44,000 kilometers of cable. (Figure 82) With Australia looking for more route diversity from its western coast and an increasing desire for connectivity between Asia and Europe, this steady growth could continue beyond 2021. Additionally, OTT providers are exploring routes from the United States to India and will potentially bring more system development to the region.
Figure 83 – Contract in Force – Indian Ocean Pan-East Asian, 2020-2022
Two of the systems planned through 2022 in this region have achieved the CIF milestone. (Figure 83) Two systems are planning to link South Africa to India, two other routes are smaller, intra-regional systems while the last system seeks to provide yet another submarine cable between Singapore and Europe. Business cases for these systems may be difficult to prove, hampering efforts to secure funding. While these systems would expand route diversity in the region two of them are competing with each and it is very likely at least one of these systems will not hit their target RFS date.