Category Archives: Submarine Cable Network
Two continent 100G (100 gigabits per second) network coverage is now available thanks to TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC). The first 100G network covering both Europe and North America is now available following the recent upgrade of TSIC’s pan-European network.
Previously, the North American network was upgraded to 100G in November 2012. The North American network connects 23 cities including the West Coast and is now complemented by the pan-European network, which stretches from Madrid to Moscow. Using 100G in North America and Europe, TSIC is reviewing options to upgrade its trans-Atlantic connection to 100G. When completed, a seamless 100G- enabled network connecting Europe to North America will be created.
The European 100G network upgrade is based on Nokia Siemens Networks’ (NSN) hiT 7300 platform. In the US, Infinera’s DTNX platform is used. This dual-vendor stance is part of maintaining the independence of TeliaSonera’s network and its ability to adapt to ever-changing and ever-increasing market demands.
The market need for higher bandwidth solutions continues to rise. TeliaSonera International Carrier recognizes this need by continuing their aggressive expansion. The company owns and operates its own global fiber backbone, allowing for fast deployment of technology required for a future-enabled network. For their wholesale customers, the 100G network provides the ability to scale up capacity without increasing both complexity and cost.
The new bi-continent service is just another first for TSIC. The company was the first to sell wholesale wavelengths, the first to offer high-end bandwidth on-demand, and the first to break the terabit barrier.
For more information about TeliaSonera International Carrier visit www.teliasoneraic.com.
It’s hard to imagine the physical route that our communications take around the world. When we send an email from New York to China, it is easy to forget that it actually traveled by light, through a physical cable, for all or most of its travels. TeleGeography, a telecommunications market research and consulting firm, specializes in international research. Its 2012 Submarine Cable Map reveals the ever-expanding web of international cables that link the world’s continents, and provide valuable insight into this rapidly changing market.
Technology has come a long way since the first trans-Atlantic cables were laid in the 1860s and the world’s appetite for broadband connectivity and data driven applications has grown. The demand for international bandwidth grew by 45% in 2011, as a result or network expansion and new growth in cable construction. TeleGeography has been studying this growth. Drawing from its data, they project that $5.5 billion USD will be invested in new submarine cables that will begin service through 2013.
By year-end of 2011, the trans-Atlantic was the largest submarine cable route by far, with 16.2 Tbps of lit capacity followed by the trans-Pacific route with 12.5 Tbps of lit capacity (see Figure: Lit Capacity on International Submarine Cables, 2011). Submarine cable capacity between the U.S. and Latin America is is more modest at 8.3 Tbps, though capacity on the route has nearly doubled in the past two years.
Though the US and many European countries are huge consumers of bandwidth, the rest of the world’s broadband consumption is rapidly increasing. In 2011, China and the Asia-Pacific gained 52 percent of all new subscribers worldwide. Global broadband subscribers are expected to increase by 60 percent by 2015.
There are still countries that have yet to gain cable access but that is changing. The West Africa Cable System (WACS) launched in May 2012, and the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) system, is expected to launch in Q4 2012. This will provide the first cable access for countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Namibia.
TeleGeography’s 2012 Submarine Cable Map illustrates the expanding world of international cables that link continents and their people around the globe. The map shows more than 150 cable systems that are currently active or expected to begin service by 2014 and has insets and infographics that provide detailed information about cable landing stations and the state of the submarine cable industry. TeleGeography’s 2012 Submarine Cable Map is a valuable resource that keeps industry leaders current on pertinent data and trends.
ancotel announced this week that Cable & Wireless Worldwide has selected their Frankfurt, Germany based Kleyer90 data center as one of three landing stations for the developing Europe-Persia Express Gateway (EPEG), a terrestrial fiber system. This is an important international network that will effectively link Western Europe directly to the Gulf Region with more direct and robust connectivity.
At this point, the entire Gulf region is fed by sea-based systems that are light in diverse connectivity, exposing the region to potentially extensive outages when severed. Further, many argue that the economic development of a region and the robustness of the available telecommunications infrastructure are tied together – and no doubt, Global and regional governments agree that there is a direct link. The EPEG design will play a vital role in the future development of the region by bringing reliable connectivity and high-speed. ancotel is joined in a consortium on the project with Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Omani Omantel, Russian Rostelecom, and TIC
When completed in May 2012, it will have an initial capacity of 540 Gbps with design capacity up to 3.2 Tbps. The shortest route is 9,430 km with a round-trip latency between Frankfurt, Germany and Barka, Oman measuring at 91.97 ms. The cable starts in Barka, Sultanate of Oman as a submarine system and continues on a terrestrial path to Western Europe where it will terminate in Frankfurt at ancotel’s interconnection facility. The company serves 400+ customers from 60 countries and its Frankfurt data center represents the largest aggregation network hubs in Europe.
Frankfurt-based ancotel GmbH, Europe’s is the leading network neutral interconnection company, For more information about the EPEG cable system visit www.epegcable.com. To find out more about ancotel’s colocation and massively scalable global interconnection solutions , and the densely connected Kleyer90® flagship facility go to: www.ancotel.com.
TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Forecast Service presented new numbers this week, covering intra-Asian submarine cables and some interesting market dynamics at work. Of course, projected demand for bandwidth on this particular piece of infrastructure remains strong – as would be any forecast against demand on anything to do with bandwidth these days. A 39% annual growth projection is pegged for the time period between 2011 and 2018 (1).
The picture painted illustrates a need to find some 99Tbps of lit capacity to meet growth expectations. To align this forecast demand with capacity, consider the current situation of existing intra-Asian routes and their respective capacity, coupled with projects coming online. Telegeography identifies a large amount of potentially available capacity within the existing infrastructure. Three consortium cables are also anticipated to come online by 2014, including the Asia Submarine Express (ASE), the Southeast Asia Japan Cable (SJC), and Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) system.
Naturally, as this new capacity becomes available to the market, expectations are that prices will fall fairly rapidly between 2012 and 2014. As the market absorbs the introduction of the new cable systems, TeleGeography expects prices to fall rapidly, especially between 2012 and 2014. For example, Telegeography cited an example of a 27% decline – compounded annually…
So, the interesting crux is that demand growth is not seen as strong enough to completely offset the supply/demand price erosion effect. The underlying issue pointed out by Telegeography Analyst Erik Kreifeldt is that, “as demand grows, bandwidth buyers continue to obtain greater volume discounts. Volume discounts compound the effect of Unit price declines, and amplify their effect on service provider revenues.” Let that be a lesson to your business model, indeed…
- Telegeography, New Cables and Falling Prices to Disrupt Intra-Asian Submarine Cable Market