Category Archives: Transatlantic Cable

PCCW to Utilize Aqua Comms’ New Transatlantic Subsea Cable Network, AEConnect

Aqua CommsAqua Comms Limited has announced a new partnership with PCCW Global, the international operating division of Hong Kong’s leading telecommunications service provider, HKT.  The partnership will allow HKT to use Aqua Comms’ brand new subsea transatlantic fiber cable network, America Europe Connect (AEConnect). In doing so, Aqua Comms will provide PCCW with additional route diversity between its New York and London Points of Presence (PoPs). It’s a low latency and high-capacity connectivity solution that will also allow PCCW to future-proof against rising bandwidth requirements.

Pacnet Expands NA and EU Enterprise Markets Organization in Response to Regional Business Growth

PacnetPacnet recently expanded its Enterprise Markets Organization to meet the growing needs of North American and European customers seeking services in the Asia-Pacific region.  The company has appointed Bill Risch as Vice President, North America and Europe; Michael Kawalchuk as Regional Director, East America and Europe; and Bill Haubold as Regional Director, West America, to its customer-focused management team.  Both Bill Haubold and Michael Kawalchuk will be under the supervision of Bill Risch, who will report to Cardi Prinzi, President of Enterprise Markets, as they look to further increase Pacnet’s service and product capabilities within the APAC region.  These capabilities include an extensive service portfolio complete with MPLS, Ethernet International Private Line (EIPL), Dedicated Internet Access and IP Transit services – all supported by the company’s network Points of Presence (PoPs) throughout the Asia-Pacific region, interconnected data centers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, China, and other major APAC markets, and the region’s largest subsea cable system spanning over 28,000 fiber miles.

Pacnet Expands Sydney Data Center

Pacnet- Sydney

PacnetPacnet unveiled another 350 racks with 3 megawatts of power in the second phase of their data center build-out in Australia’s largest city, Sydney.   As the Asia-Pacific region’s leading provider of integrated network and technology solutions for enterprises, service providers and carriers, Pacnet has closely monitored the increasing demand for high-density colocation and cloud services in Australia.

Sydney is a key part of Pacnet’s expansion plans and will continue to be a strategic locale to accommodate the region’s future growth.   Located in the central business district of Sydney at 133 Liverpool Street, the second phase of the Pacnet data center expansion delivers 13,950 new square feet (1,295 square meters) of gross Tier III data center space with an additional 350 racks and 3MW of total power to the facility.

The Pacnet Sydney data center is built to exacting standards for high availability environments and mission-critical equipment.  The facility is a great alternative for any organization to consider for colocation.  Combine that with a location in the Sydney central business district and you have an ideal choice for firms making a technology move using services through a cloud platform.  For companies viewing Asia as an opportunity for business expansion, the Sydney data center offers a gateway for cloud and data computing resources through interlinking to Pacnet’s other 27 facilities in the region, including China.

Through this expanded facility, Pacnet continues to strategically invest and grow its data center footprint in Asia-Pacific to address the high-power, high-performance and high-efficiency needs of global enterprises looking to deploy cloud applications and multi-site projects.

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Intra-Asian Subsea Cable Market Eyes Supply/Demand Issues

Intra-Asian Bandwidth Demand Chart, Price/RevenueTeleGeography’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…

  1. Telegeography, New Cables and Falling Prices to Disrupt Intra-Asian Submarine Cable Market