By WFN Strategies Press Release
April 10, 2017

STERLING, VIRGINIA – WFN Strategies has been selected by Ambra Solutions to accomplish a study for a prospective submarine cable connecting Canada’s Nunavut region and Manitoba.

Submarine cable system implementation company WFN Strategies will be accomplishing its executive Desktop Study (eDTS), an abbreviated analysis using readily available data sources along the route in question performed to produce a preliminary route and associated charting.

“WFN Strategies is honored to be supporting Ambra and end-customer, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., in what could become the first submarine cable implementation in Hudson Bay,” said Managing Director Wayne Nielsen. “We are thrilled to be using once again our Arctic system expertise, which we have been developing over several years, as well as supporting our first mining company end user.”

For the Hudson Bay Submarine Cable Study, the data used to derive the route and the maps will be summarized in the route’s metadata and on the chartlets, and a system design and component budgetary estimate will be provided to Ambra and Agnico Eagle Mines for eventual system feasibility considerations.

About WFN Strategies

Celebrating 15 years of service, WFN Strategies (www.wfnstrategies.com) designs, engineers and implements submarine optical cable systems for commercial, governmental and oil & gas clients, which have utilized repeatered and unrepeatered technologies, and have been transoceanic, regional, or festoon in scope. WFN Strategies’ ISO 9001 certified quality management system focuses on continuous improvement, customer satisfaction and the active involvement of both management and employees in a process based approach. WFN Strategies has been involved with all aspects of implementing telecommunications systems and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) – from feasibility studies through capital budgeting to engineering, purchasing, and installation to commissioning & testing, including the first-ever trans-oceanic systems in the Arctic, Atlantic, and Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as regional and festoon systems in Southeast Asia, Northern Europe and the Americas.

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By Seaborn Networks Press Release

Buenos Aires and Boston, April 3, 2017.

Seaborn Networks (Seaborn), a leading independent developer-owner-operator of submarine cable systems, and Grupo Werthein (Werthein), a preeminent Argentine investment holding company with a track record of significant telecommunications holdings, announced a binding agreement to build a new subsea fiber-optic cable system connecting Argentina with Brazil (the ARBR system). The ARBR system will provide onward connectivity via Seabras-1 for the most direct route between Argentina and the United States.

The ARBR system will be developed and owned by Seabras Group (an affiliate of Seabras) and Werthein. Seabras is the sole owner of the entire Seabras-1 submarine cable system between New York (US) and Sao Paulo (Brazil), which itself was developed and is operated and owned by Seaborn Networks together with funds managed and/or advised by Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager with US$57 billion in assets under management. Seabras has sold capacity on Seabras-1 to a wide variety of large and small telecommunications companies and other customers either via indefeasible rights of use (IRUs) or short-term leases. Just as Seaborn is the operator of Seabras-1, Seaborn will also be the operator of the ARBR system. The combined ARBR + Seabras-1 cables reflect a total project size of more than US$575 million.

"We are very pleased to announce our agreement with Grupo Werthein to build and operate the ARBR system," said Larry Schwartz, Chairman and CEO of both Seaborn Networks and Seabras Group. "This project responds to the Argentine market need for substantially more international capacity on a next generation system while also offering the country's first independent operator model for a critical submarine cable route."

Argentina's Communications Minister Oscar Aguad said "Argentina needs a global modernization of communications infrastructure and this first independent submarine cable system is a very important step for that purpose. We are on the path of economic transformation of the country. This great project is the result of the new rules of the game that we promote, which, by providing predictability and legal security, allow the necessary conditions for companies to invest on a large scale with new projects in the country."

"Given that it has been sixteen years since the last submarine cable was built from Argentina to Brazil, combined with the fact that this is the primary route for data and voice communications between Argentina and the rest of the world, this new and independent route is overdue," said Dario Werthein of Grupo Werthein.

The new ARBR system's Brazil landing will be in the existing Seabras-1 cable landing station in Praia Grande (Brazil), thereby enabling direct onward connectivity to New York on Seabras-1. The Argentina landing for ARBR is expected to be in or near Las Toninas. The ARBR system will be a four-fiber pair system with an initial maximum design capacity of 48 Tbps and an anticipated completion date in the second half of 2018.

About Seaborn Networks
Seaborn Networks is a leading developer-owner-operator of independent submarine fiber optic cable systems, including Seabras-1 between New York (US) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) which has a committed ready-for-service date of June 2017. Seaborn was founded by successful submarine cable and wholesale carrier executives with experience in designing, building and operating many of the world's largest submarine and terrestrial networks. For additional information, see www.seabornnetworks.com.
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About Grupo Werthein
Grupo Werthein is one of the largest business groups in Argentina, with investments in numerous industries such as Telecommunications, Insurance, Consumer Goods, Agro-Industry, Energy and Wine. For 107 years, Grupo Werthein have been building companies, contributing to Argentina's development and working to build a better future. For additional information, see www.grupowerthein.com.

By Global Telecom Business
April 6, 2017

Australian company Superloop has acquired subsea cable operator Subpartners and has announced plans to build a new cable linking Singapore and Indonesia with Australia.

The new cable, Indigo, will be owned by a consortium with AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel and Telstra. Nokia’s Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) will build the cable, expected to be complete by mid-2019.

"The delivery of secure, reliable and high-speed connectivity between Singapore and Sydney has been the core focus of SubPartners since its inception," said company CEO Bevan Slattery. The cable will "provide Australia with a new diverse international route into south east Asia", he added.

Indigo will be 9,000km long, connecting existing facilities in Singapore, Indonesia and Australia, where it will land in Perth and Sydney. Each of the two fibre pairs will have a minimum capacity of 18Tbps.

Alexander Rusli, president director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo, said: "Indigo’s consortium is a strategic and crucial partnership for Indosat Ooredoo that will help provide the digital services needed by Indonesian society. High-speed network infrastructure availability, both into and out of Indonesia, is important for business and personal consumers in Indonesia to be able to connect to global content."

Both Singtel – which owns Australian operator Optus – and Telstra are members of the consortium.

David Burns, Telstra’s group managing director of global services and international, said: "With internet data consumption growing by 70% in Asia last year alone these sorts of investments in international networks are critical for meeting the needs of connected consumers and businesses."

Ooi Seng Keat, Singtel’s vice president, carrier services, group enterprise, said, "The construction of Indigo is timely to meet the rising demand for high-speed broadband between Asia and Australia. This cable system complements our global connectivity that links Asia, the US, Europe, Australia and the Middle East."

Slattery provided more details of the SubPartners acquisition, for just $2.5 million. "We are very excited by the prospect of offering customers a fully meshed pan-Asian network, connecting the existing metropolitan networks which we own and operate," he said. "Once the cables are complete, we will have even more capacity to meet growing customer demand across the region."

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By Lorenz S. Marasigan, BusinessMirror - March 26, 2017

GLOBE Telecom Inc. is a step closer toward its goal of providing richer and enhanced international connectivity to businesses in Davao City and the rest of the country, after successfully landing over the weekend the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system in Mindanao.

Mike Frausing, who sits as a senior advisor at the company, said this investment allows Globe to “finally address the rising demand for Internet services from businesses in the Philippines.”

“We are very near commercial operations. Once it commences, the cable system will be able to provide greater route flexibility and better future support for bandwidth-dependent applications and services consistent with the growing trend of companies shifting their business critical operations to digital,” he said.

The SEA-US cable was connected to the Globe cable landing station in Barangay Talomo, Davao City, which also houses the power-feed equipment necessary to run the system.

The system will link five areas and territories, which include Manado (Indonesia), Davao (the Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, United States) and Los Angeles (California, US).

At a project cost of around $250 million, the 14,000-kilometer cable system will consist of two fiber pairs with an initial design capacity of 20 terabits per second (Tb/s), and will use the latest in submarine fiber-optic technology with 100-gigabit per-second transmission equipment per pair. Such additional capacity will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between Southeast Asia and the US.

“This will definitely benefit Davao City, especially the service sector, such as the business-process outsourcing and banking and finance, as well as the whole Philippines,” Davao Councilor Bernard Al-ag said.

The system is expected to ease the country’s dependence on international cable systems routed through northern Philippines, and prevent a repeat of a 2008 incident, where major international cables were broken due to the Taiwan earthquake, thereby leaving the Philippines isolated for a few days in terms of Internet connectivity.

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By Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems AB Press Release

Hudiksvall, Sweden - Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexatronic Group AB, has in a short time secured several orders for fiber optic submarine cable.

These orders are for a total of six projects spread over five different countries. The total order value amounts to 25 million SEK. The main part of the delivery is planned for the autumn of 2017.

Hexatronic offers solutions for submarine cable within the passive fiber infrastructure, from design and production to delivery.

"We are very excited about the orders, which is proof of the market's confidence in our broad offering of submarine cable," says Henrik Larsson Lyon, CEO Hexatronic Group.

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By Telecompaper

A total of 14 companies, including 5 international operators, have expressed an interest in taking part in the forthcoming 'Fibra Optica Austral' tenders to roll out 3,000 km of fibre-optic infrastructure in the southern Patagonia region, reports local daily La Tercera. The international companies include Huawei, Ericsson, Alcatel Submarine Networks, General Cable and Silica, all of which have been involved in meetings held with telecommunications regulator Subtel over the past few weeks, said the report.

Topics covered include the changed technical, financial and legal conditions of the USD 100 million tender, which was postponed last year when just one company – Conexiones y Telefonía Austral – bid for one of the four sections of the proposed network. The aim is now to relaunch the tender in April and award the corresponding concessions by July.

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