By Corinne Reichert, ZDNet
April 6, 2017

Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has announced the acquisition of submarine cable construction company SubPartners for $2.5 million.

The acquisition will occur via the issue of 1,451,869 fully paid ordinary shares in Superloop at an issue price of $2.255 per share.

According to Superloop, the acquisition will provide it with important APAC submarine cable capacity and assets across the region, including the newly announced Indigo subsea cable system connecting Sydney, Perth, Singapore, and Jakarta.

Being built alongside Google, Singtel, Telstra, AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, and Alcatel Submarine Networks, the Indigo cable will span around 9,000km, with two fibre pairs and a design capacity of 18Tbps, and is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Once the Indigo cable system is complete, Superloop said it will have access to 4.5Tbps-capacity fibre, which it will be able to increase over time.

Australian technology entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, who is the founder and CEO of both Superloop and SubPartners, said the subsea cables would connect with Superloop's existing metro fibre networks.

Shareholders will be asked to approve the issue of shares to Slattery, who already owns 80 percent of SubPartners and 28.8 percent of Superloop; should this not be approved, Slattery will be paid cash consideration of around $2 million for the acquisition.

As part of the acquisition, Superloop has guaranteed SubPartners' construction capital, operating, and maintenance commitments in relation to the Indigo subsea cable, which involves a total capex of around $35 million to $37 million out to FY20.

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by: Andrea Ayemoba, Africa Business Communities

South Africa Teraco, Africa's largest carrier & cloud neutral colocation data centre and home to NAPAfrica, Africa’s largest Internet exchange point (IXP), has announced that it has raised a medium term funding facility from Absa amounting to R1.2 billion.

Teraco’s Chief Financial Officer, Jan Hnizdo says that this is another significant milestone for Teraco and that the funding is earmarked for further investments into data centre infrastructure: “We will use the funding to further invest in the Teraco Campus in Isando. The site presently has 20MW’s of capacity, which needs to all be brought online. We have also purchased land adjacent to the existing site allowing for further expansion. In addition, a component of the funding has also been earmarked for the construction of Teraco’s new data centre in Bredell.”

Hnizdo says that the Bredell site has 24MW of power and more than 6000m2 of technical deployment space and will eclipse the existing Teraco Campus from a power availability perspective: “Bredell will be the largest commercial data centre in Africa and Teraco, the largest commercial data centre operator in Africa”.

Teraco builds and operates colocation data centre facilities that enable clients to deploy telecommunications equipment and other key IT infrastructure in a scalable way. Teraco further provides clients with a secure environment where they are able to easily connect to submarine cable systems, African terrestrial networks, major African IP backbones and key content.

Teraco’s Campus in Isando has been established as the connectivity gateway into South and sub-Saharan Africa. Its client community continues to expand significantly with over 350 key clients deriving significant value from colocating within the connectivity gateway. Teraco is also home to NAPAfrica, Africa’s largest neutral layer-two Internet exchange point (IXP) with over 240 unique connected networks and 160Gbps peering traffic across sub-Saharan-Africa.

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By Business Wire, Yahoo Finance
March 31, 2017

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TOKYO:9432), NTT World Engineering Marine Corporation (NTTWEM) and NTT FINANCE CORPORATION (NTT FINANCE) jointly announced today that their new submarine cable-laying vessel, “Kizuna,” which launched late last year, has now been fully outfitted and will enter service in the foreseeable future.

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NTTWEM’s parent company NTT Com and other telecommunication companies and service providers will use Kizuna, along with three existing vessels operated by NTTWEM, to lay and maintain submarine cables for telecommunications networks and cloud services.

Kizuna is the first submarine cable-laying vessel equipped for the dual purpose of serving as a disaster-relief ship in the case of major natural disasters, including by transporting containers, vehicles, cellular-network base stations, satellite communication facilities, etc., and even providing temporary accommodation for NTT Group employees working in disaster zones (see Appendix 1). In May, NTT Group personnel will conduct a drill to practice loading Kizuna with disaster-recovery supplies and equipment that would be used to restore telecommunication services in an emergency.

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By Max Smolaks, Datacenter Dynamics

The campus could host a variety of data center operators

Dutch venture NxtVn is planning to develop a large data center park in Virginia Beach that would take advantage of the transatlantic network cables that land in the region.

NxtVn does not build data centers – instead the company hopes to provide space, networking and power for prospective infrastructure developers.

According to The Virginian Pilot, the first phase of the project near Corporate Landing Business Park could start by the end of the year and include roughly 1.4 million square feet of real estate.

The campus could eventually grow to become one of the largest on the East Coast.

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By WFN Strategies Press Release
Monday, March 20, 2017
 
STERLING, VIRGINIA – WFN Strategies has gained international recognition for its quality management system.

Submarine cable system implementation company WFN Strategies has, after two years of development, successfully achieved accredited certification to the ISO 9001 international standard for quality management.
“WFN Strategies is honored to be the first submarine cable implementation organization to achieve compliance to the ISO 9001 standard,” said Managing Director Wayne Nielsen. “Internationally certified, world-class corporate governance is one of our hallmarks, and we remain committed to upholding the highest standards of governance and transparency.”

ISO 9001 is a quality management standard that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization – an association of governmental and nongovernmental organizations from many countries. The ISO 9001 standard is utilized to certify quality management systems that focus on continuous improvement, customer satisfaction and the active involvement of both management and employees in a process based approach.
The ISO 9001 standard features a high-level structure: including terms, definitions, headings and text common to all management system standards in accordance to ISO Annex SL – allowing easier integration when implementing multiple management systems. The standard improves over previous revisions by requiring organizations to prioritize business needs, improving efficiency by implementing organizational-wide risk based thinking, better risk management, and enhanced leadership responsibility.

“Our ISO 9001 process has been developed over the last two years with an outside quality team in order to work hand-in-hand and seamlessly with our PM 2.0 Project Management system while maintaining excellence in work product in accordance with robust international standards,” said Nielsen. “Achieving certification to these latest ISO standards demonstrates WFN Strategies’ ongoing dedication to achieving the highest levels of corporate governance and quality responsibility.”

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 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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CS Recorder will Support Telecoms Customers with Installation Projects Across the Globe

Global Marine Systems Limited, the world leader in subsea cable systems design, installation and maintenance, announced today the addition of the 6,200 ton cable deadweight CS Recorder to its existing fleet of vessels. Built in 2000, the vessel formerly known as the Maersk Recorder, has previously been chartered by Global Marine for numerous cable installation projects and has since successfully completed work in the oil and gas and renewables sectors. The newly named CS Recorder is intended to support the telecoms installation business growth over the next 5-10 years, with a number of critical projects scheduled during 2018, 2019 and 2020.

CS Recorder will be equipped with a plough system and Remotely Operated Trenching Vehicle (ROV) to ensure it is fully prepared to undertake the full range of telecoms cable installation projects.

“The addition of this latest vessel to our fleet demonstrates our continuing commitment to ensuring the appropriate assets are available to meet our customers’ needs across the globe, and to our core business of telecoms cable installation, even in a market where the current trend is for assets to be relinquished, rather than added,” said Bruce Neilson-Watts, Managing Director, Telecoms at Global Marine.

The CS Recorder joins Global Marine’s current fleet of 25 vessels, which now consists of four maintenance vessels, (Cable Retriever, Pacific Guardian, Wave Sentinel, Cable Innovator); three installation vessels, (CS Recorder, C.S. Sovereign, Networker); and 18 CWind Crew Transfer Vessels. She replaces the Cable Innovator following her reassignment in the fourth quarter of 2016 to become a dedicated maintenance vessel for the North America Maintenance Zone (NAZ) submarine cable contract; a contract running through to the end of 2024. The CS Recorder is expected to be available for use in the fleet for installation projects at the end of the first quarter 2017.