According to reports, Reliance Globalcom has upgraded its FNAL cable via 40G coherent technology from Ciena. That's the North Asia Loop, connecting Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan of course. The upgrade also brings 10G LAN PHY interfaces to their portfolio. Reliance Globalcom has been kind of quiet this year, following last year's rumors of a rather doubtful sale of the company's assets that in fact never materialized. I wonder what they're up to.
Meanwhile, the new Middle Eastern cable Gulf Bridge International announced today that it is taking the plunge and bringing 100G to the Persian Gulf. GBI will offer true 100G waves on parts of its subsea network, increasing the total system design capacity to near 10Tbps on certain sections. They need 100G in the Persian Gulf already? Hmmmm... not that I'm complaining! GBI is scheduled to launch officially sometime in the next few months.
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