Submarine Roundup: Apollo, Hibernia, AISC, SEACOM, TI-Sparkle

September 18th, 2012 by · Leave a Comment

Lots of interesting stories from the submarine cable sector in the last day or two. Here’s a quick summary of items from Apollo, Hibernia, AISC, SEACOM, and TI-Sparkle:

The Apollo submarine cable system is apparently going to get a new branch.  PiPiper has struck a deal to bring it ashore on the west coast of Ireland as part of its overall plans to deploy dark fiber around that country. I don’t know much of anything about PiPiper yet except that it’s hard to type that many non-consecutive P’s without spraining a finger, but I’ll be watching.

Hibernia Atlantic anounced a high capacity services deal with Voxility this morning. Hibernia is helping the infrastructure provider to expand its network capabilities both in Europe and across the Atlantic, as well as colocation space in London. Voxility operates data centers in Frankfurt, Bucharest, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, and has plans to enter Asia in the future.

There’s another Australia-Singapore cable on the drawing board, this time from the entrepreneur Bevan Slattery. His Australia Indonesia Singapore Cable (AISC) would cover 4700km between the tiny Southeast Asian country and the west coast of Australia. It would cost $150M and be built by Tyco. But it’s one of three cables being pushed for this route, and surely they’re not going to build all three, right?

SEACOM has signed on as a reseller of Amsterdams AMS-IX exchange, adding more connectivity options for its pan-African customers. There aren’t many points of interconnection that can add as much depth in one shot than AMS-IX. Of course, SEACOM brought big bandwidth to much of East Africa for the first time when it launched in 2009.  Oh my is that really three years ago already?

And late last week, TI-Sparkle announced an upgrade of its Latin American Nautilus cable, a.k.a. LANautilus. Ciena is supplying their coherent 40G optical solution to increase capacity on the system’s key routes across Latin America. It also provides a smooth upgrade route to 100G when needed later on.

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