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Update on the Un-Cabled Bio-Acoustic Sonar Instruments of Ocean Observatories Initiative

ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. (ASL) supplied the last of the Un-Cabled Bio-acoustic Sonar Instruments for the National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Coastal and Global Scale Nodes in June 2016. Under the terms of the contract, ASL supplied 16 Acoustic Zooplankton and Fish Profiler (AZFP) instruments for the Coastal Arrays and 20 individual instruments for the Global Arrays. The two Coastal Arrays use a single bottom mounted instrument while the four Global Arrays use one upward looking and one downward looking instrument mounted on the mid-water platform of the Apex Profiler Mooring.

Figure 1 shows part of the OOI Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) team in front of Multi-Function Node (MFN) bottom frame destined for the Coastal Pioneer Array, about 80 miles off Martha's Vineyard, Mass., at the edge of the continent shelf. The MFN holds a variety of chemical, biological and physical oceanographic sensors including an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, CTD sensor, Oxygen sensor and CO2 sensor. The acoustic transducers for the internally-powered, internally-recording AZFP echosounder with 38, 125, 200 and 455 kHz channels are shown in the lower right of the picture.

In the fall of 2015, 7 AZFPs instruments which had been deployed on the Coastal Arrays were returned to the factory for calibration verification by WHOI and Oregon State University (OSU). All 7 instruments had a 100% data recovery rate and a minor adjustment was made on the acoustic calibration of one channel of one of the instruments.

In 2016, the first AZFP instruments with 38, 70, 125, and 200 kHz channels will be deployed on the Global Arrays. These include the Argentine Basin, Station Papa, Irminger Sea, and Southern Ocean Arrays.

Cable Route Planning and Installation Software Sees Increase in Sales

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. made multiple new sales of its popular software for route engineering, installation planning, and real-time lay control of subsea cables.

“We are pleased to announce multiple sales of MakaiPlan, MakaiPlan Pro, and MakaiLay to existing and new customers.” said Dr. Venkata Jasti, Makai’s Manager of Submarine Cable Systems. “We’ve worked hard on improving the functionality and user-friendliness of Makai’s software suite, especially for subsea power cables. Helping our customers succeed in their route engineering, installation planning, and at-sea cable laying operations is what drives us.”

Makai’s recent sales include:

· CSCC – China Submarine Cable Construction Co. (China) purchased a license of MakaiLay,
· KCS - Kokusai Cable Ship Co., Ltd. (Japan) purchased a MakaiPlan Pro,
· GD – General Dynamics (USA) purchased an additional MakaiPlan Pro,
· ALDA Marine (France) purchased three additional MakaiPlan licenses,
· … And multiple MakaiPlan licenses were purchased by other consultants.

Unlike other GIS software, Makai provides our clients with a comprehensive set of software tools and training that span the entire cable project, from inception to installation.

MakaiPlan is the world’s #1 cable route planning and engineering software, with over 300 licenses sold over the last 14 years.

MakaiPlan Pro is powerful and precise 3D, dynamic simulation software used to identify installation risks and prepare a detailed installation plan before ever going to sea.

MakaiLay is advanced subsea cable installation software that enables users to lay submarine cables with the highest level of accuracy, speed, safety, and reliability possible today, dramatically reducing the risk of cable failures. The software has been rigorously tested and validated, and has been used by over 75% of the global fleet of cable ships on countless commercial lays and military installations to successfully install well over 400,000 km of cable worldwide.

EdgeTech 8011M Acoustic Release Deck Box is Now Available with URI PIES Communication Interface

EdgeTech, a leader in high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, now offers a communication interface to the University of Rhode Island Inverted Echo Sounder or “URI PIES” system through the 8011M deck box.

The URI PIES system, a popular instrument for many researchers, is often moored in deep locations for extended periods of time. Acoustic communication to the instrument is value to ensure its safe return.

The EdgeTech 8011M is one of the most versatile and field-proven acoustic command and ranging deck boxes available. The system can control and range on EdgeTech’s full line of acoustic releases as well as other manufacturers’ equipment.

Features include auto switching between 115 and 230 VAC and an internal self-charging battery. The serial and auxiliary ports allow for simple interfacing with other on-board equipment. The 8011M comes standard with a dunking transducer and 67 meters of cable. The URI PIES communication interface comes standard on all new 8011M deck boxes. Customers that already own and operate an EdgeTech 8011M deck box have the opportunity to upgrade their units to include this interface as well.

KRISO Selects Sonardyne BlueComm for Underwater Communications

Underwater communications equipment that enables video to be transmitted through the water and unmanned vehicles to be controlled without a tethered link to the surface, has been supplied to the Korean Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) by Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, and its Korean agent, Insung.

The BlueComm 100-series optical modems will be used to stream high-definition imagery from cameras installed on seafloor sensor platforms and command Crabster, an autonomous walking and flying crab-like robot being developed by KRISO’s ocean systems engineering department.

Transferring data using subsea modems provides a reliable alternative to using cables underwater which can be expensive to install and vulnerable to damage. However, unlike conventional acoustic-based devices that use pressure waves to send and receive relatively small packets of data at low bandwidths, Sonardyne’s BlueComm uses rapidly modulated light emitting diodes (LEDs) and high power lasers to quickly deliver very high volumes of data.

Typically operating in the 450 nanometer Blue Light region of the spectrum, data rates of up to 500 megabits per second are achievable making the technology suitable for a wide range of underwater applications that require a high bandwidth, low latency, bi-directional communications link. These include harvesting data from seabed landers using AUVs, remote video monitoring of science operations and piloting unmanned vehicles without the need for a control umbilical.

When deploying battery-powered subsea instruments and vehicles, operating life is always a major consideration for users. BlueComm’s unique method of optical data transmission is however, also highly efficient, enabling for example, one gigabyte of data to be transmitted with the energy contained within a single lithium ‘D’ sized cell over distances greater than 150 metres.

The BlueComm modem family is currently made up of three variants and to support its work, KRISO has selected the BlueComm 100 model. Featuring Ethernet connectivity and a deep depth rating, the design is optimized to offer a good balance between data rate and range in all conditions, including high ambient light.

Commenting on the contract, Anthony Gleeson, Vice President of Sonardyne in Singapore said, “Now that it’s possible to send and receive data underwater at speeds comparable to domestic broadband, it’s exciting to consider the huge range of potential applications for BlueComm.” He added, “KRISO are the first institute in our region to invest in BlueComm and we are delighted that this unique technology will help to advance their pioneering ocean research.”

For more information on BlueComm, click here.

MMT Awarded Cable Route Survey Contract

MMT has been awarded the contract for marine survey services for cable route design and engineering for the COBRA cable project in the North Sea from Prysmian.

Ellen Svestad, CCO, comments upon the contract award: “We are really pleased over another contract award from Prysmian. The COBRA cable is the planned subsea Interconnector between the Netherlands and Denmark and is managed by two of our existing clients, namely TenneT and Energinet - the operators of the Dutch and the Danish power transmission grids. We are grateful for Prysmian’s confidence in our services and we look forward to working with them again!”

The survey contract includes inshore and offshore parts, consisting of geophysical, geotechnical and visual surveys including cable tracker for cable crossings.

MMT will conduct the surveys with their own ROTV, ROV & survey vessels Franklin, Seabeam and Ping.

The work will commence in July 2016.

Siemens Improves Subsea Ethernet Communication

Siemens has successfully developed and tested a new cost efficient product for better subsea Ethernet communication. The Advanced Converter & Switch (ACS) is making it possible to communicate at higher data rates and over longer lengths, then with the current electrical distribution technology. The ACS increases precision and effectiveness of subsea communication. This transparent communication solution can be used for connecting to existing subsea fields, for field extensions or for new developments. Over all resulting in a simple and cost-effective solution for both brownfield and greenfield applications of subsea Ethernet. The ACS is qualified to industry standards and ready for the market May 2016.

The ACS is a reliable and cost-efficient alternative to conventional upgrades of existing subsea equipment from old communication standards to Ethernet and/or fiber. It does so by linking the existing, reliable and cost-efficient technology of copper cables with fiber technology for longer lengths which achieves high speed communication for longer distances in a subsea communication network. This includes communication between sensors and control systems subsea, as well as subsea to topside communication. The result is a product that can be installed to enhance communication and data transfer from brownfields and new developments on longer and more complex step outs.

Siemens has developed a fully-qualified product that can combine and convert various types of communication up to 84 km at 3000MBSL. Today, costly umbilicals, canisters and control modules are used to distribute and convert different types of signals over longer distances subsea.

Ethernet is commonly used technology for communication from platform or land to the sea floor, and for communication on subsea applications such as interfacing sensors and as the main communication tool between electronic control modules. Its capability to provide an extended capacity is due to the relatively high bandwidth. In line with conventional standards, Ethernet-based communication on twisted copper pairs is today limited to 100 meters, thus making communication limited within the confines of the same Christmas tree. Conversely, optical fiber is capable of longer distances and, if used instead of electrical lines, the maximum distance for distributing Ethernet is increased dramatically, making communication between different Christmas trees feasible.

The basic design of the ACS comprises one-atmospheric chamber housing, a PCB card (Printed Circuit Board) and a glass-to-metal penetrator on the copper side and glass-to-glass on the fiber side. This gives a field proven sealing for the one atmospheric chamber. Its modular design may be configured in various ways, providing the possibility to combine several fiber optic and/or electrical Ethernet interfaces integrated to a flying lead, sensor harness, umbilical termination, or even a subsea Ethernet switch. The solution is based on the well field-proven Siemens Subsea products, as it is based on proven distribution technology for fiber and electrical signals and umbilical terminations. Same sealing technology as used on the Siemens Advanced Fiber Terminations (AFT) and Advanced Cable Terminations (ACT).

Performance can be monitored continuously or when necessary and does not require reconfiguration if units connected to the electrical subsea interfaces are replaced or upgraded. Challenges in power consumption, EMC, signal monitoring and conversions have been solved with the development of the modular PCB card, specially designed for installation in existing and field proven subsea technology.

EMC Unveils New Suite of Global Marine VSAT Services

EMC has announced a new global Ku-band VSAT package of connectivity and content for ships at sea, optimized for the next-generation high-throughput satellite (HTS) networks that are now being deployed.

“Designed with crew welfare as a top priority, the new EMC VSAT platform offers a combination of services and capabilities never before available from a single marine VSAT supplier,” said Gilles Gillesen, president of EMC’s commercial shipping business unit. “New features include our exclusive SpeedNet™ high-speed web browsing service, live TV programming delivered through the Ku-band network, video and entertainment on demand and a powerful new account management portal – all wrapped up in a competitively priced package.”

SpeedNet: Redefining the Internet Experience at Sea

EMC’s patented SpeedNet technology solves the age-old problem of latency in web access at sea. Using a proprietary intelligent protocol and global backbone, SpeedNet predictively fetches, compresses and pushes multiple layers of websites at once to local servers. The net result for the end-user is a browsing experience that mimics being on high-speed fiber. SpeedNet works in the background on mobile and desktop browsers, to accelerate page load times dramatically. SpeedNet is built into all EMC ship installations as a standard feature, not an expensive option.

As an example, side-by-side comparison tests revealed the average time for accessing BBC.com’s home page was only 4.6 seconds with SpeedNet and 21.2 seconds without it over the same satellite connection.

“Even though latency is inherent in satellite communications, we no longer have to accept it as a fact of life,” said Gillesen. “We can now give users at sea the same quality of experience they are accustomed to getting when browsing the web at home.”

Live TV Programming

Starting this summer, EMC will begin broadcasting live TV programming over the same Ku-band network that delivers voice and data services, using a single satellite antenna on board. The first two live TV channels to be offered are BBC News and Sport 24. The Sport 24 channel features live coverage of Barclays Premier League, UEFA, Formula 1 racing, PGA, NBA, NHL, Euroleague Basketball, Wimbledon, U.S. Open Tennis and more. The service will be offered regionally and expanded over time. Expansion plans include additional live channels and a content-rich suite of on-demand entertainment options later this year.

“This is the next step in bringing crewmembers more of the comforts of home, easing the burden of loneliness and the feeling of separation often experienced during long sea voyages,” said Gillesen.

Advanced Billing and Management Tools

EMC is also launching a new back-end billing and account management platform that allows crew and network admins to manage both voice and data plans from a single portal. Admin and crew networks can be managed separately. It’s easy to change the settings for different data allowances, credit limits and content filters. Individual crewmembers can directly manage and top up their plans with prepaid options. They can even transfer funds to mobile accounts of friends and family at home on more than 400 carriers in more than 100 countries.

Global Coverage, Worldwide Support, Lowest Cost of Ownership

EMC provides global coverage with reliable Ku-bandwidth and seamless beam handovers. EMC operates 21 fully meshed multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) interconnected teleports in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. The company’s support centers around the world are staffed by EMC field engineers, augmented by a network of third-party service providers.

EMC’s compact hardware configurations provide a low cost of entry for ship managers, and EMC’s unmatched satellite-capacity buying power translates into the lowest-possible airtime rates for customers, according to Gillesen.

HTS Ready

“We believe our patented innovations like SpeedNet, our new services like Ku-band live TV and our global network infrastructure will put us in a good position to take full advantage of the HTS payloads as the new satellites come into service this year, allowing us to bring land-like communication, internet and entertainment to ships at sea,” said Gillesen.

Thuraya and IEC Telecom Join Forces to Showcase the Latest Innovations in Maritime Hardware at Posidonia 2016

DUBAI, UAE, 23rd May, 2016 – Leading Mobile Satellite Services operator, Thuraya Telecommunications Company and its long-standing service partner, IEC Telecom, will join forces to showcase the latest high quality maritime services at this year’s international shipping exhibition, Posidonia 2016, in Greece.

Visitors to Hall 1, booth 1.210 will have the opportunity to engage with senior leaders from Thuraya and IEC Telecom who will be available to answer questions on Thuraya’s cutting-edge maritime portfolio. The portfolio includes the Thuraya Orion IP broadband terminal, the SF2500 voice satellite terminal, Thuraya Calling Card, and Thuraya Atlas IP.

Leticia Diaz del Rio, Global Business Development Manager, Maritime, Thuraya, said: “We look forward to meeting our valued customers and meeting new ones at what is a very important maritime event. Ship-to-shore communications has numerous benefits for ship owners and crew.

“With this in mind, Thuraya has built a maritime portfolio to match the needs and requirements of those working in the various maritime markets. Our range of robust and reliable voice and data products and services continues to keep crew and vessels connected at sea.”

Easy to install, Thuraya Atlas IP offers managers and crew seamless access to the internet, enhanced connectivity, and high-speed onboard efficiency with best-in-class data rates. As well as driving operational efficiency, ships can now be transformed into remote offices with very little effort. The terminal features a single cable connection to the stabilized antenna, direct bulkhead mounting, and built-in Wi-Fi.

Combined with Thuraya’s flexible airtime plans, Atlas IP is a reliable and efficient data connection point that makes it easy to manage and which reduces operational costs. Atlas IP has been tested in a variety of marine environments and regions and lives up to its promise of being a ‘lifeline’ to the maritime sector.

Dominique Audion, Global Development Manager, IEC Telecom, said: “We are pleased to partner with Thuraya at Posidonia 2016. With the expansion of Thuraya’s maritime portfolio, we have even more of a selection of high-quality equipment and services to offer customers - vital equipment that keeps crew connected with family and friends while away at sea.”

Orion IP

Built by one of the best manufacturers in the world, Thuraya Orion IP provides merchant maritime, fishing, government and leisure users with competitively priced, robust and reliable data connectivity at rates of up to 444kbps. At a time when ship owners and operators need to maximize the operational effectiveness of a fleet while minimizing costs, Thuraya Orion IP is the necessary choice.

SF2500

Harsh maritime and land environments require robust, versatile, and cost-effective solutions. Thuraya SF2500 is a voice terminal designed and built for such environments. User-friendly and easy to install, the SF2500 is the safe solution for small to medium-size fishing vessels, patrol boats as well as land vehicles.

Calling Card

Thuraya Calling Card provides a reliable and affordable way for individuals and business executives to stay in touch with friends and family.

Calling Card can be used from fixed and mobile phones and through the Thuraya network. Ship owners can be provided with an onboard landline number of their choice to ensure costeffective voice calls from ship to shore and from shore to ship.

Available in denominations of 25, 50 and 100 units, Calling Card is the dynamic, value-formoney card created for business leaders needing to monitor the cost of calls made by crew.

Customers benefit from a convenient and clear connection…while managers enjoy a costeffective solution that reduces the need to monitor company telephone budgets.

The unique Thuraya Calling Card allows individuals to make numerous calls from the same handset – without waiting for a huge monthly itemized bill. This is simplicity at its best.

Mitsubishi Electric to Upgrade IMEWE Cable System

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced that it will upgrade the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable System with 100gigabit per second (Gbps) dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) based on a contract signed on October 4, 2015, thereby increasing the transmission capacity to 5.6Tbps. The upgrade, which will involve installing submarine line terminal equipment (SLTE) and terrestrial line terminal equipment (TLTE) in eight countries, is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

The IMEWE Cable System, which was commissioned in 2010 as a 10Gbps DWDM system, is an ultra-high capacity fiber optic submarine cable system which links India to Europe via the Middle East. The system is approximately 12,000 kilometers long and includes 10 terminal stations owned by a consortium of nine leading telecom operators in eight countries: India, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and France. The cable system comprises three optical fiber pairs with two fiber pairs on an express path, plus a terrestrial link connecting the cities of Alexandria and Suez in Egypt. Mitsubishi Electric previously upgraded the system in 2012 with 40Gbps DWDM, the latest technology available at the time. Mitsubishi Electric will deliver new MF-11200GWS Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE) and Terrestrial Line Terminal Equipment (TLTE) with superior coherent technology to all 10 landing stations. In addition to a drastic increase in the ultimate capacity, Mitsubishi Electric has also been able to double the data capacity per rack and improve the total power consumption per cable station.

Mitsubishi Electric has been a leader in submarine cable systems ever since supplying the world's first optically amplified repeaters for the 5Gbps TPC-5 project in 1994. Subsequently, in 1999, Mitsubishi Electric supplied the world's first 10Gbps submarine transmission technology for transoceanic cables. The introduction of 40Gbps transmission technology into the TAT-14 cable network (May 2011), Asia-America Gateway (November 2011) and the IMEWE Cable System (December 2011) built Mitsubishi Electric's reputation worldwide as a leader in the move towards the terabit era. In 2015, Mitsubishi Electric introduced 100Gbps transmission technology into the SEA-ME-WE 4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4) Cable System linking South East Asia to Western Europe via the Middle East.

The development of 100G SLTE/TLTE incorporating superior coherent technology was supported in part by the “High Speed Optical Transport System Technologies” and “High-speed Optical Edge Node Technologies” R&D projects of Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication.

SRG-1 Consortium Selected Xtera for Building a New Subsea Cable System Across the Gulf of Oman

Multinet Pakistan, the leading domestic and international carrier in Pakistan, Omantel, the national operator of Oman and one of the largest wholesale carriers in the Middle East, and Xtera Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: XCOM), a leading provider of high-capacity, cost-effective optical transport solutions, have announced the signing of the turnkey supply agreement for the new subsea cable system Silk Route Gateway 1 (SRG-1). The new cable will be a direct highway from Muscat in Oman to Karachi in Pakistan, with a future extension to Gwadar in Pakistan.

"The SRG-1 project is our ambition to restore the significance of the traditional silk route by establishing a digital gateway to the most budding telecom markets of the Asian subcontinent”, said Mr. Rashid Shafi (SEVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Multinet Pakistan). “This new cable will fuel the massively growing demands of the Pakistani market and will bring up an unprecedented reach to China, Afghanistan and Central Asia,” he further added.

Mr. Sohail Qadir, Vice President, Omantel Wholesale, commented: “SRG-1 is another reflection of our commitment to the global carrier community to offer them with the most efficient routes. The SRG-1 bridges Asia to Africa and the West through a low latency network and we anticipate this to evolve as the telecom world’s primary access to the region.” “Selecting an innovative technology partner like Xtera is imperative to the overall success of the project. Xtera brings onboard the expertise and professional pedigree to develop an efficient optical submarine network which will enable Multinet and Omantel to offer cutting edge connectivity services to their customers,” SRG-1 Consortium commented.

Xtera will supply its turnkey 100G/100G+ optimized submarine system solution for this new project, including Nu-Wave OptimaTM Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE), undersea optical repeaters, undersea branching units, cable, all marine services, project management, installation and commissioning.

“We are delighted to be selected by SRG-1 consortium to build this new submarine cable system as a further validation of our turnkey offering for high-performance, high-reliability subsea cable systems,” said Jon Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Xtera. “This new build project represents a second cable project for Xtera in the region after the award of the G2A subsea cable system between Oman, Puntland and Somaliland, and the second opportunity to deploy our branching unit after its official launch at SubOptic 2016 Conference in Dubai in April 2016.”

TE SubCom to Perform Third Capacity Upgrade to Caucasus Cable System

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, and Georgian telecommunications provider Caucasus Online, announces that they have signed a contract to perform a network upgrade to the Caucasus undersea cable system. The upgrade to the 1,200 km regional system will be completed by May 2016.

In service since 2008, the Caucasus Cable System was designed, manufactured and installed by TE SubCom. The system provides high bandwidth connectivity between Poti, Georgia and Balchik, Bulgaria, and successfully serves Georgian markets by providing direct access to Western Europe. Utilizing TE SubCom’s 100 Gb/s coherent transmission technology, the system can now support over 9 Tb/s, more than seven times (7x) the initial design capacity. This latest upgrade will increase lit capacity to 780 Gb/s.

“As the project supplier for both the full system construction and previous upgrades, we greatly value Caucasus Online’s confidence in TE SubCom,” said Aaron Stucki, president, TE SubCom. “We look forward to continuing our support of this essential cable route by providing state-of-the-art technology that enables Caucasus Online to bring high-volume capacity to its customers.”

“Our system has proven vital to achieving connectivity throughout the Caucasus region, and a network upgrade will only improve our service offerings,” said Nikolai Tchiaureli, CEO, Caucasus Online. “TE SubCom’s familiarity with the system will bring with it a seamless capacity increase, and we’re pleased to continue our longtime collaboration with them.”

OSI Receives Commendation for Role in Subsea Cable Project Development

Following their recent announcement of a partnership that will install over 17,000km of new subsea cable directly connecting Angola, Brazil and the United States, Angola Cables has affirmed and praised Ocean Specialists, Incorporated (OSI) for the highly strategic role the subsea cable advisory and project management firm has played in the design and development of Angola Cables’ global network build out.

Angola Cables, with the strategic and operational support of OSI, has initiated two innovative new subsea cable networks. The first, known as the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) links Angola with Brazil, is already under construction and marks the first South Atlantic modern D-WDM fiber optic cable network in history. The second, the recently announced Monet cable network, will further connect Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil and Boca Raton, Florida, providing onward connectivity to Angola via SACS. The Brazil-US network is currently under construction in partnership with Algar Telecom (Brazil), Antel (Uruguay) and Google.

Subsea telecommunications cable networks are critical to global voice and data communications, and carry over 98% of the worlds’ telecommunications traffic. High-speed fiber optic networks are essential to both businesses and consumers, and allow real-time access to apps, social media, websites and other bandwidth intensive services. As the most efficient way to transmit information between continents and cities, fiber optic cables provide added benefits of security and reliability that are indispensable to both telecom service providers and their enterprise customers.

“The design and implementation of a subsea cable network is a highly specialized undertaking, and OSI, as our partner in network development from the very beginning of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) discussions, has been instrumental to our success. From providing an initial economic viability analysis and network development strategy to evaluating investment options and network design, and then on to running a competitive tender process and rigorous evaluation process for our network contractor, OSI has been absolutely critical in supporting Angola Cables as we execute our regional and global strategy,” stated Antonio Nunes, CEO, Angola Cables.

“With their existing ownership in the West Africa Cable System (WACS), Angola Cables’ network build out across the Atlantic and on to the United States is an important piece in its Tier 1 global connectivity strategy,” stated Tom Soja, Vice President, OSI and Strategic Advisor to Angola Cables. “The SACS and Monet networks, combined with the existing WACS network, place Angola in an excellent position to function as the ‘hub’ of Africa’s regional communications needs.”

Angola Cables has extended OSI’s five-year relationship and responsibilities to the project implementation phase which will carry the company’s involvement through to the final acceptance and initial O&M of the new subsea network. OSI – the industry’s leading submarine cable project management and delivery firm – has actively led and directed these two major supply contracts on behalf of Angola Cables, from project feasibility and funding to network build and installation, contracting two leading suppliers in the undersea cable industry for final project completion.

About OSI: OSI Delivers Global Connections. OSI’s team combines unequalled subsea cable development experience throughout the planning, design, procurement and installation phases of a subsea network development. OSI minimizes project and network risk and maximizes return on investment to ensure project success.

OSI provides Subsea Cable Network:
• Planning including business case analysis, financial structure analysis, life-cycle planning and partner identification;
• Design to fully consider and mitigate all risks, maximize system reliability and develop feasible budgetary targets;
• Procurement using our teams’ vast experience working both for and with major industry suppliers;
• Installation & Commissioning from factory acceptance and quality assurance to ship reps and transmission experts;
• Operations & Maintenance during initial commercial traffic and circuit turn-up and wet plant repair planning & contracting.

About Angola Cables: Angola cables is an international wholesale carrier that operates submarine cable systems throughout the South Atlantic and Africa. Angola Cables also operate the Angonix (Angolan IXP) in its data center (Angonap) in Luanda. Africa is today the fastest growing region of internet penetration in the world. Angola Cables’ goal is to transform Angola into one of the telecommunication hubs in Africa. For more information visit www.angolacables.co.ao.

Angola Cables Commends Ocean Specialists Role in Subsea Cable Project Development; Extends OSI Contract for SACS Project Implementation

Following their recent announcement of a partnership that will install over 17,000km of new subsea cable directly connecting Angola, Brazil and the United States, Angola Cables has affirmed and praised Ocean Specialists, Incorporated (OSI) for the highly strategic role the subsea cable advisory and project management firm has played in the design and development of Angola Cables’ global network build out.

Angola Cables, with the strategic and operational support of OSI, has initiated two innovative new subsea cable networks. The first, known as the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) links Angola with Brazil, is already under construction and marks the first South Atlantic modern D-WDM fiber optic cable network in history. The second, the recently announced Monet cable network, will further connect Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil and Boca Raton, Florida, providing onward connectivity to Angola via SACS. The Brazil-US network is currently under construction in partnership with Algar Telecom (Brazil), Antel (Uruguay) and Google.

Subsea telecommunications cable networks are critical to global voice and data communications, and carry over 98% of the worlds’ telecommunications traffic. High-speed fiber optic networks are essential to both businesses and consumers, and allow real-time access to apps, social media, websites and other bandwidth intensive services. As the most efficient way to transmit information between continents and cities, fiber optic cables provide added benefits of security and reliability that are indispensable to both telecom service providers and their enterprise customers.

“The design and implementation of a subsea cable network is a highly specialized undertaking, and OSI, as our partner in network development from the very beginning of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) discussions, has been instrumental to our success. From providing an initial economic viability analysis and network development strategy to evaluating investment options and network design, and then on to running a competitive tender process and rigorous evaluation process for our network contractor, OSI has been absolutely critical in supporting Angola Cables as we execute our regional and global strategy,” stated Antonio Nunes, CEO, Angola Cables.

“With their existing ownership in the West Africa Cable System (WACS), Angola Cables’ network build out across the Atlantic and on to the United States is an important piece in its Tier 1 global connectivity strategy,” stated Tom Soja, Vice President, OSI and Strategic Advisor to Angola Cables. “The SACS and Monet networks, combined with the existing WACS network, place Angola in an excellent position to function as the ‘hub’ of Africa’s regional communications needs.”

Angola Cables has extended OSI’s five-year relationship and responsibilities to the project implementation phase which will carry the company’s involvement through to the final acceptance and initial O&M of the new subsea network. OSI – the industry’s leading submarine cable project management and delivery firm – has actively led and directed these two major supply contracts on behalf of Angola Cables, from project feasibility and funding to network build and installation, contracting two leading suppliers in the undersea cable industry for final project completion.

About OSI: OSI Delivers Global Connections. OSI’s team combines unequalled subsea cable development experience throughout the planning, design, procurement and installation phases of a subsea network development. OSI minimizes project and network risk and maximizes return on investment to ensure project success.

OSI provides Subsea Cable Network:
• Planning including business case analysis, financial structure analysis, life-cycle planning and partner identification;
• Design to fully consider and mitigate all risks, maximize system reliability and develop feasible budgetary targets;
• Procurement using our teams’ vast experience working both for and with major industry suppliers;
• Installation & Commissioning from factory acceptance and quality assurance to ship reps and transmission experts;
• Operations & Maintenance during initial commercial traffic and circuit turn-up and wet plant repair planning & contracting.
 
About Angola Cables: Angola cables is an international wholesale carrier that operates submarine cable systems throughout the South Atlantic and Africa. Angola Cables also operate the Angonix (Angolan IXP) in its data center (Angonap) in Luanda. Africa is today the fastest growing region of internet penetration in the world. Angola Cables’ goal is to transform Angola into one of the telecommunication hubs in Africa. For more information visit www.angolacables.co.ao
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