News From Around The World Of Submarine Telecoms For The Week Of September 16-20

News from around the submarine telecoms industry.

SubTel Forum

SubTel Forum Magazine Issue 108 Now Available
Issue 108 of SubTel Forum is now available. This month’s issue discusses challenges and technologies specific to the offshore energy market.

Cable Faults & Maintenance

Major Perth to Singapore Submarine Cable Cut
One of the most significant submarine cables connecting Australia to Asia and Europe – SEA-ME-WE 3 – has been cut between repeaters 345 & 346

Future Systems

ASN Begins Construction of Southern Cross NEXT Cable
Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has announced the construction of the $350 million Southern Cross NEXT cable between Australia and the US.

Angola Cables, TM Global Plot New Subsea Route for the Southern Hemisphere
Angola Cables and TM Global have obtained a proof of concept certification for a proposed subsea link between Asia and Latin America.

Orange, PCCW Global Sign Deal for PEACE Cable
Orange and PCCW Global have signed an agreement to launch the much anticipated PEACE cable, which will connect France with Pakistan.

State of the Industry

RCom’s Subsea Division, GCX, Files for Bankruptcy
GCX Ltd, the subsea cabling subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCom) conglomerate, has announced that it is to file for bankruptcy.

FCCC Reviews and Reduces Charges for FINTEL Cable Landing Station
Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission says Fijians need to have affordable access to the internet and have reduced charges for FINTEL’s cable landing station.

Technology & Upgrades

Infinera Doubles OTEGLOBE Subsea Capacity
Infinera announced that OTEGLOBE deployed its ICE4 tech to double the capacity on its international subsea network between Greece and Italy.

SEA-ME-WE 5 Upgrades With Ciena Geomesh Extreme
Ciena recently completed a significant upgrade to the SEA-ME-WE 5 (South East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5) submarine cable system.

SubCom Achieves Qualification for High Fiber Count Cable
SubCom announced several forward-looking developments including the company’s high fiber count (HFC) qualification and start of manufacturing.