Several bits of news from the undersea cable front in the last day or two, here's a quick look.
Globenet and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) have completed an upgrade to Globenet's submarine cables connecting North and South America. Along with increased capacity of 110Gbps on its submarine segments, the landing stations in Brazil, Venezuela, Bermuda, Florida, and New Jersey were upgraded as well. This is the second upgrade in 18 months, as traffic growth to and from Latin America continues to outpace more mature markets.
Pacnet, which operates several cables in the Asia-Pacific region, has expanded its IPv6 services to major cities across its footprint in Asia. As IPv4 exhaustion approaches, it is Asian carriers that seem to be moving the quickest to the new system. That is of course because their rapidly growing online populations make it clear that there is no alternative.
And over in the Persian Gulf, Tyco will be doing the heavy lifting for Tata's TGN Gulf cable system. Tyco of course built the original TGN cables before selling them to Tata after the bubble burst, and the two have obviously remained close. The cable is scheduled to come online in 2011. Tyco is also doing the work for the Gulf Bridge system in the same area, also due in 2011. It seems there is a plethora of bandwidth coming to the Middle East in the next few years.
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