Int’l Bytes: PCCW, Africa-1, BBG, Olympics

April 18th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

Lots of interesting international items to take a quick look at this Monday morning:

PCCW and Keppel T&T are working on a new internet exchange point in Hong Kong. The telecommunications network operator and data center provider are teaming up to build the exchange in the same building as the new AAE1 submarine cable PoP. It will feature 1000 square meters of space when complete later this year.

Meanwhile, PCCW was also part of another interesting announcement today, that of the Africa-1 submarine cable system. Along with MTN Group, Saudi Telecom Company, Telecom Egypt and Telkom South Africa, they have signed an MoU to construct a 12,000km, 3-fiber-pair cable system along the east coast of Africa up to Egypt and over to Pakistan, landing at various points along the way of course.

There's been lots of activity in the Indian Ocean in the last few years, and also in the news today at the other end of the buildout lifecycle was Reliance Jio. They have launched the Bay of Bengal Gateway, or BBG, which stretches 8100km from Singapore to the Persian Gulf, landing twice on the coast of India and once in Sri Lanka. The initial capacity is 9Tbps, with a design capacity of some 55Tbps.

NBC Olympics is putting together its video contribution and distribution team for the big event this summer down in Rio de Janeiro. They have chosen Ericsson to provide video processing and advanced modular receivers as well as on-site personnel. Meanwhile, they've picked Cisco's Media Blueprint platform as well as other networking and security solutions. With four years between Olympics, every time it's a new generation of technology powering it all.

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