Three projects from further afield than the usual fare that have made progress lately:
The Central African Backbone buildout has hit a new milestone. Yves-Didier Miehakanda, national coordinator for the project in Congo says that the optical fibre connection between Congo and Gabon is now complete. Still underway are connections from Congo to Cameroon and to the Central African Republic, as well as a data center in Brazzaville.
Moving from the tropics to the Arctic, Quintillion says that the Alaskan portion of its submarine cable is ready for service. They finished the installation of the 1,400-mile route in October, and are now ready to bring big bandwidth to the communities of Utqiagvik, Wainwright, Point Hope, Nome and Kotzebue. Now we'll have to see if they can make progress on the extension of that system to Japan in one direction and the UK in the other.
And LeoSat is one partner closer to its dream of a low-earth-orbit constellation of high-bandwidth satellites. Globecomm has signed on via a memorandum of understanding to explore a potential service agreement as a way to expand its services to the oil & gas, maritime, and other specialty markets around the globe. LeoSat believes the time is finally ripe for satellite-powered networking, and plans to launch up to 108 LEO communications satellites to make it happen.