The $100 million 20Tbps two-pair fibre subsea cable between Australia and New Zealand has been switched on by Telstra, Spark, and Vodafone.

By Corinne Reichert, ZDNet
March 30, 2017

The Tasman Global Access (TGA) submarine cable has been switched on, connecting New Zealand with Australia, thanks to a partnership between telecommunications carriers Telstra, Spark, and Vodafone.

The $100 million 2,288km submarine cable, which extends from Ngarunui Beach in Raglan to Narrabeen Beach in Sydney, is made up of two fibre pairs with a total capacity of 20Tbps.

Following construction, the cable was laid by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks -- now a division of Nokia.

"The TGA cable represents a big investment in trans-Tasman telecommunications," Spark GM of Wholesale and International Jilyut Wong said in a statement on Thursday.

"The added resilience and diversity is extremely important to keeping New Zealand connected, now and into the future."

The cable was designed to meet New Zealand's international capacity requirement, which is projected to grow by 11,000 percent over the next decade.

The project, launched back in 2014, will also connect New Zealand with the five major APAC cable systems extending from Australia: The Southern Cross Cable, the Endeavour, the Australia-Japan Cable, the Pipe Pacific Cable, and the SEA-ME-WE 3 (SMW3) cable.


Press Release

New Digital Highway Connects Europe and China via Finland and Russia

Helsinki, Finland – February 20, 2017 – Cinia Group, Finland-based provider of intelligent network, cloud, and software services, today announced an interconnection agreement with TTK, one of Russia’s largest communications providers. The result is the fastest and lowest latency data connection yet between European and Asian countries.

The new agreement connects Russia’s largest fiber-optic communication network with Cinia’s Northern Digital Highway, which provides the most direct connection from Central European network hubs to the Finnish-Russian border. The new route further increases the speed and reliability of TTK’s Eurasia Highway, connecting European and Asian countries.

Cinia’s Northern Digital Highway leverages the Cinia C-Lion1 submarine data cable, a direct route between Finland and Germany opened in 2016. The data cable provides a record-breaking capacity of 144 terabits per second (Tbps) and directly connects to key European network nodes such as DE-CIX Frankfurt, the largest Internet exchange point in the world.

“Increasingly networked businesses live on fast and reliable connectivity, and every new interconnection agreement makes the world one step smaller,” said Jaana Räty, Partnership Director, Cinia Group. “Asian-European connections are core to our strategy, and we are excited about the opportunity to introduce the fastest and most direct route yet in cooperation with TTK.”

“Company TTK provides telecommunication services between Russia and Europe to a number of domestic carriers as well as IP transit services between Europe and Asia to the carriers from Asia-Pacific, Middle Asia and Transcaucasian region. Interconnection between TTK and Cinia adds a brand new independent optical path and the lowest latency route to the center of Europe. This improves the attractiveness of TTK’s services, whereas Cinia Group gets the opportunity to use TTK’s well-known transit routes to Asia,” said Sergey Yakovlev, Head of Wholesale Department of TTK. “North-West region customers’ IP traffic has been rerouted to the new path which allowed to reduce the round-trip delay between Frankfurt-am-Main and Saint-Petersburg to 24 milliseconds - 40% less than on the previously used route.”

New interconnection allows TTK to diversify its current data transmission routes to Western Europe. Cinia’s aim is to expand its international long-haul optical transmission infrastructure to enable interconnected real-time business operations in Europe and Asia, and to enable data center operators to benefit from Nordic countries’ cool climate, strict privacy laws, and low energy pricing. Interconnection with TTK helps position Finland as the key gateway between the East and the West.

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TTK Company is one of the TOP-5 Russian telecommunications companies as well as principal backbone service providers to domestic, international carriers and biggest Russian corporations. The company is the leading provider of broadband Internet access, TV and telephony services to end-users all over Russia. TTK operates the largest fiber-optic backbone network in Russia, with a length of more than 76,000 km. The transcontinental TTK’s backbone network, known as EurasiaHighway, is interconnected with the communication networks of almost all the neighbouring countries, including China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, Finland, Transcaucasus, the Baltic and CIS states. EurasiaHighway is the optimal route between Europe and Asia.

Cinia Group makes the world smaller, smarter, and more secure with intelligent network, cloud, and software services. Strong expertise in mission-critical solution development is built on an uncompromised focus on robustness and reliability. Cyber security of ICT infrastructure is ensured by Cinia's advanced cloud based operating environment that meets the needs of most demanding organizations. Thousands of kilometers of owned fiber optic trunk network along with the Cinia C-Lion1 submarine cable provide the shortest and fastest data highway from Central European network hubs to Northern Europe, which is both an ideal data center environment and a natural gateway to Asian and Eastern European markets.
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[Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 15, 2017] Telcotech, a subsidiary of EZECOM, and partners - Malaysia Telekom, Malaysia Berhad and Symphony Communication of Thailand - celebrated the momentous launch of the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) Submarine Cable System and Landing Station in Cambodia. Huawei Marine, a global submarine network solution provider, was contracted to design and deploy the system.

The historical event marks the beginning of a new era of improved and secured internet connection for Cambodia and surrounding countries. It was attended by Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the Kingdom of Cambodia; Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia; H.E. TRAM Iv Tek, the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, as well as numerous other local and international VIPs.

Samdech Krolahom applauded and congratulated the companies and institutions involved and said he was eager to “experience the improved speed” and hoped that the people of Cambodia will share with him in enjoying faster, more affordable and more secure internet access.

Speaking during the event, Mr. Paul Blanche-Horgan, CEO of EZECOM, said, “We’ve been waiting a long time for this. We started this project six years ago, and in 2017, everything has finally come together – it’s like a dream come true.”

“Probably most important is the impact of the cable on the security of our internet connection. With this cable, we are now directly connected POP (point-of-presence) to POP, which means a much more secure connection for Cambodia. This is of great importance, as Samdech Krolahom does understand, for the context of national security as well as certain key sectors like banking,” he added.

Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior for Cambodia, said, “Today marks a historic achievement for Cambodia in the field of ICT and telecommunications. I am proud of the amazing efforts from all the stakeholders that have worked hard for many years to bring this project to fruition. Thanks to the MCT Submarine Cable, Cambodia now has faster, more reliable, more affordable and, most importantly, a more secure internet connection for all. This milestone accomplishment clearly signals the stability and confidence that Cambodia enjoys today. I am sure it will help to drive our continually growing economy, and further strengthen our position in ASEAN and in the world.”

Commenting on this achievement Rozaimy Rahman, Executive Vice President, Global Wholesale, TM, said, “Malaysia, particularly TM, is truly proud to be part of yet another esteemed regional project and to be given the opportunity to partner with Telcotech of Cambodia and Symphony Communication of Thailand in connecting the region. The completion of MCT submarine cable system marks another major milestone for TM as the regional managed wholesale player towards enhancing the ASEAN connectivity.”

Mirroring the same sentiment, Mr. Teerarat Pantarasutra, President of Symphony Communication Public Company Limited of Thailand, said, “We are very proud of being a part of MCT Submarine Cable System as it is Thailand’s 1st Submarine Cable System invested in by a private company. This is a very big and high potential opportunity for telecommunications in Thailand due to the fact that it will help enhance Symphony Communication’s service potential for both domestic and international connectivity and promote telecommunications in Thailand and other Asian countries.”

“I believe that Thailand will achieve maximum benefit from this as it will help to support increasing service demands from our clients to other countries and support the Digital Economy Policy of our government as well. For our region, I can foresee the continuous growth of telecommunication needs so MCT will enhance the huge capacity of connection in Asian.”

Mr. Mike Constable, CEO of Huawei Marine, said, “It is a proud moment for our company to be involved in landing the very first submarine cable into Cambodia and facilitating the economic growth prospects international high-speed connectivity provides. We have deployed the latest technology on this system and successfully delivered the project on time through the challenges of the monsoon season, which exemplifies HMN’s project management capabilities. I would like to congratulate our partners, Telcotech, Telekom Malaysia and Symphony Communications and applaud their vision to develop this important infrastructure for the region.”

The MCT cable system spans approximately 1,300 kilometers and adopts state-of-the-art 100 Gbps technology and will support a capacity of at least 30 Tbps. The MCT submarine cable will connect to other submarine cable systems, including Telcotech – the only Cambodian member of the Asia-America Gateway – and the 20,000 kilometer submarine communication cable which links Southeast Asia to the USA.

The system makes use of landing stations, of which Cambodia’s landing station called ‘Mittapheap Landing Station’ is located at Otres Beach in Sihanoukville, while Malaysia’s is in Kuantan [Cherating], and at Rayong for Thailand. Analysts have predicted that the MCT submarine cable will generate a positive impact on the telecommunication industry in Cambodia and bring about more investment flow to the country as well.

By Trade Arabia

E-marine, the principal provider of submarine cable solutions in the Middle East, in collaboration with Huawei Marine Networks, has successfully completed the 260-km Avassa Submarine Cable System marine installation in Comoros Islands.

E-marine deployed its 126m CS Maram vessel, the most modern ‘Green Plus’ and first-ever eco-friendly cable ship in the world, for the cable laying operation, a statement said.

The project involved the laying of two submarine cables – one linking Mayotte to Mutsamudu in Anjouan Island, and the other linking Moroni to Chindini in Grande Comores. The landing party at Moroni, Chindini and Mutsamudu was Comores Telecom and STOI at Mayotte. 


By Telecompaper

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) announced that the SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium have completed the 20,000-km subsea cable infrastructure developed by a 16-nation consortium. The SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system spans over 16 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe. It is designed with a capacity of 24 TBps on three-fibre pairs.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable’s 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia. The SEA-ME-WE 5’s main endpoints are PoPs and not just Cable Landing Stations. Sri Lanka has been given full landing status by the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium which will pave the way to establish a global point of presence in Sri Lanka very soon, SLT said.


Data sharing between the U.S., Africa and Europe is now three times faster, furthering discovery around the globe

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— January 17, 2017 Research flowing between the United States, Europe and Africa got a significant boost early this year when Indiana University and its partners flipped the switch on a new 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) transatlantic link. The new network runs over the America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea cable system provided by vendor Aqua Comms DAC in support of the Networks for European, American and African Research, or NEAAR, grant.

Dr. Jennifer Schopf, director of International Networks at IU, is the principal investigator on the NEAAR award, which provides services and bandwidth connecting researchers in the U.S. with their counterparts in Europe and Africa. NEAAR is funded through the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) International Research Network Connections program. In fact, NEAAR supports the majority of the NSF-funded research sharing between Africa and the United States.

“Indiana University has a long history of supporting high performance networking as a tool to advance research and education collaborations around the world,” said Dr. Schopf. “This new circuit continues that mission, enabling important work in bioinformatics, geoscience and medical research,” said Dr. Schopf. “We’re excited to be able to offer this additional capacity to U.S., European and African researchers.”

The new link, which runs over the AEConnect cable between the U.S. and Ireland, marks IU’s latest foray into transatlantic networking. The university collaborated with the pan-European network for research and education and NEAAR co-lead, GÉANT, as well as Aqua Comms to bring the 3,431-mile undersea cable network to life this month. AEConnect replaces the previous connection between the researchers and provides three times faster connectivity than previously possible.

Cathrin Stöver, chief collaboration officer at GÉANT, celebrates the intercontinental partnership. “From food security to viral diseases and climate change, the challenges we face are very much global,” she said. “Our mission is to support researchers in solving

these challenges, combining their knowledge wherever they are to allow faster discovery. Through increased transatlantic capacity and the European Union-funded AfricaConnect2 project, GÉANT is proud to enable faster data sharing between researchers on three continents.”

“We’re pleased to partner with IU and to support its NEAAR award over our AEConnect subsea cable system,” said Nigel Bayliff, chief executive officer, Aqua Comms. “Utilizing innovative optical technologies to provide flexible and scalable connectivity between continents, AEConnect provides IU and NEARR with a level of reliability, security and performance necessary to conduct their research with complete confidence.”



About International Networks at IU

International Networks at IU leads several projects related to large-scale international research networks that link scientists around the world. These include the NSF-funded America Connects to Europe network; TransPAC4, which connects the U.S. to Asia; and NetSage, which enables active and passive monitoring of international networks.

About Aqua Comms DAC

Aqua Comms DAC is the owner and operator of the transatlantic cable AEConnect and the Irish Sea cable CeltixConnect, and was established with a vision to build, acquire or merge with subsea fibre-optic cable networks to provide capacity networking solutions to the global media, content providers and IT companies.


GÉANT is the pan-European network that delivers high-performance connectivity and advanced services to more than 50 million research and education users across 40 European countries. GÉANT interconnects European national research and education networks with a high-bandwidth and highly resilient backbone and links them to over 100 countries worldwide. GÉANT (at the time known as DANTE) collaborated with Indiana University on the ACE project, the precursor to NEAAR, and provided shared trans-Atlantic R&E capacity to support science and engineering research between the U.S. and European communities.

Jennifer Handshew

Media Relations Consultant, iMiller Public Relations



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