There have been interesting developments in the submarine cable marketplace lately:
Reliance Globalcom is using Ciena gear to add 40G capabilities to the cable linking the UK, Spain, Italy, and Egypt. That would be the former FLAG cable, 6,400km of fiber that lies between Reliance Globalcom's Atlantic and Asian systems. The upgrade gives them a future 100G upgrade path as well. Reliance is said to shop the FLAG assets last year, I wonder if they're still on the market...
Tyco's TE Subcom division is about to deploy a transpacific 40Gbps link exceeding 9,500km in length. They didn't, however, mention just which transpacific system is being upgraded. I think it's a safe bet that it's one of the US-Japan systems, and one of those has a big backer who has been ramping up their capacity. And that brings us to our next item.
The transpacific bandwidth used by NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) for its global IP network now exceeds 400Gbps up from 300Gbps in less than a year according to a company PR. NTT purchased the PC-1 cable a while back, and has not been shy about using it since. Given that it also has latency advantages for the NY-Tokyo route, I suspect they just may be the one TE Subcom is putting in that 40Gbps for - though I suppose it could be the US-Japan system too.
European-based Nexans will be supplying fiber to Huawei for a Mediterranean cable system that I hadn't come across before. The 440km Libya Sylphium system will connect Libya directly with Greece, adding diversity to the North African country's internet access. The cable will handle up to 1.2Tbps, though I can't imagine there being that much traffic that needs to go between Tripoli and Athens.
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