Subsea Roundup: Ocean Networks, Medusa, TAM-1

February 1st, 2024 by · Leave a Comment

Three bits of regional subsea infrastructure news this week:

Hawaii may be getting some new subsea infrastructure in 2026. Ocean Networks and the University of Hawai’i are teaming up to build the Hawaiian Islands Fiber Link subsea cable. HIFL will be a $120M public-private partnership that connect Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, and Molokai with 24 fiber pairs. That will go a long way toward the state’s Connect Kakou initiative’s goals.

The Medusa cable system has a new partner at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean. The Moroccan provider inwi will be signing on, enabling two landing stations in Morocco that will offer the country a direct link to Marseille and to destinations further east. The Medusa cable is expected to stretch 7,100km with 12 landing stations touching France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt. 

And TAM-1 took a step closer to reality this week. Trans Americas Fiber System and Fugro NV say that the final piece of the marine survey is underway, looking at the northern route of the proposed cable. The survey will begin on the US side and move across the waves to Mexico, Belize, and Honduras over the next 70 days or so. The target for TAM-1’s RFS date is 2025 and Xtera is the supplier.

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