Unidata (via an ad hoc company called Unitirreno) has signed an agreement for the deployment of an 890 km fiber optic submarine system in the Tyrrhenian Sea that will connect Mazara del Vallo and Genoa with a hub near Rome-Fiumicino. The project will start after the signature of the binding agreements (expected for the end of 2022). Renato Brunetti, President and CEO of Unidata, said: “Connecting Sicily to the capital and northern Italy by sea, thanks to cutting-edge underwater technologies, will allow us to be an alternative to the current Marseille hub of our French cousins. In addition, these submarine cables may have a junction to continue the journey westward near Sardinia. Finally, we are sure to achieve significant synergies between the Rome-Fiumicino hub and the green data center that we will be building on site starting in the coming months.
Sub.Co confirmed that the Oman Australia Cable (CAD) is now ready to use (RFS). CAD is a three fiber pair system with an upgrade option to four fiber pairs; it boasts a design that features 100G DWDM and a total capacity of 39 Tbps. The CAD is the only submarine cable directly linking mainland Australia and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) directly connecting Oman to Perth, Australia. TeleGeography notes that the Marine Route Survey for the CAD the system began in October 2020 and was completed in February 2021. In Australia, construction of the Perth Cable landing infrastructure began in October 2020 and was completed later in December; the works included an additional sea-facing conduit installed for maintenance and possible future cable installation. The cable landed in Perth in July 2021. The CAD the cable will also connect to the INDIGO cable system as part of a new “Great Southern Route” between the United States, Australia and EMEA.
Google revealed that the Equiano The cable system will begin service in Nigeria in December 2022. The system, which landed in the country in April, is Google’s fifth private cable, following the rollout of Junior (2018), Curia (2020) Dunant (2021) and Grace Hopper (2022).
GCI completed the deployment of its 1,280 km undersea fiber optic system from Kodiak along the south side of the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutians to Unalaska, which is part of its Alaska United-Aleutians Fiber Project. The final splice connects each fiber strand to GCI’s existing fiber optic infrastructure at Kodiak, linking the new network backbone to the rest of the world. GCI’s AU-Aleutians project will provide terrestrial broadband service to underserved areas of the State of Alaska by bringing fixed broadband to Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and five other communities – King Cove, Sand Point, Akutan, Chignik Bay and Larsen Bay. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. As part of the next stage, GCI will deploy the fiber to the premises (FTP) in Unalaska (by the end of 2022), Akutan, Sand Point and King Cove (2023) and Chignik Bay and Larsen Bay (end of 2024). The total cost of the project is $58 million, including a $25 million federal grant from the USDA The Rural Utility Service’s ReConnect program, with GCI providing additional funding of $33 million.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an extension to a special temporary authority (ATS) to allow the continued operation of the Bahamian 2 submarine cable, pending renewal of the submarine cable license for an additional 25 years. The ATS was granted in April 2022 and expires on October 10, 2022. The 470 km Bahamas 2 system connects to the continental United States and Bahamas national networks, operating successfully for 24 years under the landing license by cable granted in 1996. The Bahamas 2 is a public transport submarine cable which extends from a landing point at Vero Beach (Florida) to Nassau (Bahamas), with an intermediate point at Eight Mile Rock ( Bahamian). The system consists of five fiber optic pairs, with the capacity of each pair consisting of 16 100 Gbps Basic System Modules (BSMs).
Somewhere else, AT&T Corp. filed a request for ATS continue operating the St. Thomas-St. Cross system while the FCC is considering a request for another 25-year term for the cable system. The previous ATS (awarded May 10, 2022) expires November 7, 2022.
Liquid data porta division of Liquid smart technologies (BED)acquired a pair of optical fiber on the Equiano submarine cable system. The Equiano system, which stretches from Portugal to South Africa along the African coast of the Atlantic Ocean, was deployed by Alcatel’s submarine networks (DSC); it has a nominal capacity of 144 Tbps, with landing points in Namibia, Nigeria, Portugal, Saint Helena, Togo, South Africa and Portugal.
CC BLOX(CLS) in Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, USA). Additionally, a new dark fiber route connecting Myrtle Beach to the Southeast Connectivity Hub in Atlanta is also under construction. The CLS should be available in the second quarter of 2023, while the fiber route will be completed in the first quarter of 2024.
CS Group (stc) created a separate company, named Center3, to hold its digital infrastructure assets, including data centers, submarine cables, international PoPs and IXPs. Center3 will be a carrier-neutral regional data center hub and international communications provider for the telecommunications industry via an undersea fiber optic network. It aims to develop digital businesses and increase investment opportunities in international communication services.
Hexatronic Group signed a binding asset purchase agreement to acquire all of the business activities of Rochester Cableone of the leading designers and manufacturers of harsh environment electro-optical cables in the United States, from TE Connectivity (TE) for an enterprise value of $55 million. The agreement expands Hexatronic’s offering in fiber optic submarine communications cables to include dynamic work cables that can transmit electrical signals and power in addition to transmitting optical signals. Electro-optical cables can accommodate extreme water depths down to 6,000 meters and connect a variety of sensors, equipment and remotely operated vehicles. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected no later than March 31, 2023.
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