News From Around The World Of Submarine Telecoms For The Week Of January 22-26

News from around the submarine telecoms industry.

Cable Faults

WACS Services Partially Paralyzed For Maintenance
According to a note from Angola Cables, the WACS maintenance works will last at noon, and the signal loss will be felt mainly in Angola and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Vietnam Internet Connectivity Fully Restored
The Asia-America Gateway (AAG) undersea cable was fully repaired on the night of January 23, fully restoring Vietnam internet connectivity between Vietnam and foreign countries, two days earlier than scheduled.

Conferences & Associations

Stephen Ho Announced As New President Chair Of The Pacific Telecommunications Council
The Board of Governors of The Pacific Telecommunications Council (“PTC”) today announced the appointment of Stephen Ho as the new President and Chair of the Board of Governors.

Data Centers

Colt Data Centers Expand On Demand Services In Asia
Colt Technology Services has announced today that it will bolster its On Demand SDN service by expanding further into the Asia Pacific region, with the end goal being to deliver a truly global service.

Future Systems

Alcatel Submarine Networks, HKA Consortium To Build Trans-Pacific System
The Hong Kong-Americas (HKA) consortium and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) have signed a turnkey contract for the deployment of the Hong Kong-Americas (HKA) submarine cable network, which will span more than 13,000 kilometers.

Vocus Updating Networks Ahead Of ASC
Vocus has announced that it will be upgrading its core domestic networks infrastructure to deliver an additional 8Tbps of capacity between Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne ahead of its Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) becoming ready for service.

Telstra Backs Two More Subsea Cables
Telstra has announced investing in two new Pacific submarine cable systems connecting Hong Kong with the West Coast of the United States, which the telco said would deliver lower latency than the currently used Asia-America Gateway (AAG).

XSite Modular To Build Hawaiki Landing Station
XSite Modular, a design-builder of Modular Cable Landing Stations (MCLS) and associated buildings for the submarine cable industry, has been awarded the contract to provide a cable landing station in Oahu, Hawaii, by Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP.

HAVFRUE Consortium, TE SubCom Announce Project CIF
TE SubCom, with a consortium including Aqua Comms, Bulk Infrastructure, Facebook and Google, announced that a contract has come into force for TE SubCom to supply the HAVFRUE Cable System.

Kiribati Submarine Cable Connectivity Via Southern Cross NEXT
Southern Cross Cable CEO, Mr Anthony Briscoe, and Chairman of BwebwerikiNET, Mr Riteti Maniraka today announced a landmark milestone for Kiribati – that Kiribati will connect to the Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable to provide connectivity from Kiritimati to Australia and the United States of America.

Tokelau To Receive Connectivity Via Southern Cross NEXT
Southern Cross Cable CEO, Anthony Briscoe, and Teletok CEO, Tealofi Enosa today announced a landmark milestone for Tokelau, to the Southern Cross NEXT subsea cable which will provide the lowest latency and fastest connectivity from Tokelau to Australia and the United States of America.

Fiji Capacity Commitment To Southern Cross NEXT
Southern Cross Cables today announced a major capacity commitment made by FINTEL to the Southern Cross NEXT subsea cable which will provide the lowest latency and fastest connectivity from Fiji to Australia and the United States of America.

Xtera Selected As Supplier For ARBR
Xtera, a provider of innovative subsea fibre optic solutions, today announces it has been selected as the supplier of the ARBR submarine fibre optic cable system developed jointly by Seaborn Networks and the Werthein Group.

Superloop To Offer INDIGO Capacity To 40 Data Centres
Superloop is pleased to announce that it will be fully integrating the Company’s upcoming INDIGO submarine cable capacity into the Superloop metropolitan fibre networks in Singapore, Perth and Sydney providing true PoP to PoP connectivity between over 40 data centres across the three markets.

SACS Offshore Installation Nears Completion
Installation of SACS, the first direct link between Africa and South America, is nearing completion. The wet-plant installation is progressing in accordance to the plan and the cables will arrive in Brazil at the beginning of February 2018.

Australia Takes Over Solomon Islands Cable
Australia's spy agencies were so concerned about the security and strategic risks posed by a plan for Chinese firm Huawei to build an internet cable linking the Solomon Islands to Sydney that the Turnbull government will now largely pay for the project itself.

State of the Industry

Globalinx Data Centers To Build New Carrier-Neutral Data Center Campus in Virginia Beach
Globalinx Data Centers, announced today at PTC’18 a new, three-phased data center campus in close proximity to the Telxius Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Virginia Beach.

Tampnet Selects GTT Communications For Transatlantic Connectivity
GTT Communications, Inc., announced that Tampnet, a leading provider of data networking to the offshore industry, selected GTT’s optical transport services to connect its offshore telecommunication assets in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

MainOne Partners With WACREN For Education
MainOne has secured a 15-year contract with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) to provide high-speed bandwidth services.

Technology & Upgrades

Ciena GeoMesh Extreme Helps Operators Double Capacity
Ciena is introducing new capabilities that allow submarine cable operators to better address surging bandwidth demand driven by video-centric streaming, virtual reality, the Internet of Things, and future applications such as 5G.