All Stories

Equinix Supports FASTER Cable System in North America

Data centers anchor the largest capacity cable ever built on the trans-Pacific route

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced support for the new FASTER sub-sea cable system which has the largest design capacity ever built on the trans-Pacific route – one of the longest routes in the world. The cable will be backhauled in to four of Equinix's International Business Exchange (IBX®) data centers on the West Coast of the United States including Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, to Chikura and Shima in Japan.

Highlights / Key Facts

  • In May 2015, Cisco released its VNI Global IP Traffic Forecast, 2014 – 2019. Global highlights from the updated study include the following projections:

  • By 2019, there will be nearly 3.9 billion global Internet users (more than 51 percent of the world's population), up from 2.8 billion in 2014By 2019, there will be 24 billion networked devices and connections globally, up from 14 billion in 2014

  • Globally, the average fixed broadband connection speed will increase 2.2-fold, from 20.3 Mbps in 2014 to 42.5 Mbps by 2019

  • Globally, IP video will represent 80 percent of all traffic by 2019, up from 67 percent in 2014.

  • Networks are an essential part of business, education, government, and home communications. Many residential, business, and mobile IP networking trends are being driven largely by a combination of video, social networking, and advanced collaboration applications, termed visual networking. To remain competitive, network operators are expanding their infrastructures to meet demand for these new services—and are turning to colocation data centers that not only offer all the network-to-network connectivity of a telehouse, but also act as aggregation points for concentrations of customers in network-centric industries.

  • FASTER will feature the latest high-quality 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, with an initial design capacity of 60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs). This new cable system will be landed at Chikura and Shima in Japan and will feature seamless connectivity to many neighboring cable systems to extend the capacity beyond Japan to other Asian locations.

  • The FASTER cable system has the largest design capacity ever built on the Trans-Pacific route, which is one of the longest routes in the world. By connecting to Equinix data centers, FASTER and its users can leverage Equinix's mature business ecosystems and interconnection platform – Platform Equinix™ – which connects more than 6,300 global businesses in 33 markets around the globe.

  • Global businesses are increasingly using more capacity to run IT operations including cloud-based applications. In both the Silicon Valley and Seattle, Equinix offers direct connectivity to leading cloud service providers including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform via the Equinix Cloud Exchange™. These dedicated, private connections reduce network costs and provide higher, more consistent network performance than Internet-based connections for enterprise customers looking to build hybrid clouds.

  • Earlier this year Equinix announced that it is boosting interconnection capacity by opening new data centers on four continents including North America and Asia. By providing this increased capacity, Equinix expands its role in advancing the digital economy's interconnected era, in which businesses are demanding increasing levels of interconnection to accelerate business performance.

  • The FASTER consortium is comprised of six parties, including China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel. The system is expected to begin operating during the second quarter of 2016.


Jim Poole, vice president, global service providers, Equinix: "Equinix remains committed to accelerating business performance by connecting companies to their customers, employees and partners inside the world's most interconnected data centers. We believe that the FASTER cable system will increase the opportunity for interconnection between North America and Asia and we are excited to be supporting this new venture."

WHOI Takes Delivery of New Research Vessel Neil Armstrong

Following completion of successful acceptance trials, the nation’s newest research vessel, the Neil Armstrong, was officially turned over by the U.S. Navy on September 23 to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), which will operate the vessel as part of the national academic fleet.

In May 2010, the Office of Naval Research selected WHOI to operate the new vessel which is designed to meet the range, endurance, and technical requirements for advanced oceanographic research around the world. Named for the Apollo astronaut who first walked on the moon, the Neil Armstrong replaces the recently retired R/V Knorr, which had been in operation since 1970. The new ship will meet the academic community's need for a general-purpose research vessel based on the East Coast of the United States.

“This occasion marks the beginning of a long association between the Armstrong and the Institution and the continuation of our heritage of operating research vessels in order to take science to sea,” said Rob Munier, WHOI VP for Marine Operations. “Our partnership with the US Navy, in particular our mission sponsor, the Office of Naval Research, is also reinforced today. The Navy has supported basic oceanographic research for decades and, with the investment in the Armstrong, will continue to do so for decades to come. WHOI is proud to have been selected by ONR to be the vessel operator.”

WHOI will operate the Neil Armstrong for the benefit of the U.S. ocean science community, coordinating its schedule through the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). WHOI’s experienced crew, many of whom served on the Knorr and have won high praise for their professionalism and service to ocean science, will serve on the Armstrong, with Captain Kent Sheasley in command.

“The U.S. Navy is proud to support the national research fleet by delivering state-of-the-art research vessels like the R/V Neil Armstrong,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter. “The Navy's innovative scientific mission will directly benefit from this next generation research ship that incorporates advanced technologies and break through capabilities, enabling new discoveries.”

Over the next month, the new ship, which is 238 feet long and can undertake missions of up to 40 days, will be outfitted with the essentials it needs for operation, spare parts, food stores, and other basic equipment and consumables. In November, the ship will begin the transit to the US East Coast, with scheduled stops in San Francisco and the Panama Canal. The vessel is scheduled to arrive in the southeast US in December at a port and shipyard to be determined, where the ship’s science equipment will be installed and tested, in particular its sophisticated sonar systems and other sensors.

The ship is expected to undergo a series of shakedown and science verification cruises starting in February and March 2016, which will allow scientific users to test the ship and its systems and make any necessary adjustments before it is declared fully operational. The Neil Armstrong’s first science mission is planned for May 2016 in the North Atlantic.

"The R/V Armstrong is an exciting addition to the US oceanographic fleet, particularly for young scientists and future scientists,” said WHOI Senior Scientist Carin Ashjian.“For the next 50 years, the Neil Armstrong and anyone who sails on it will be at the forefront of scientific exploration. This is the ship that will help them make their careers. We know there are many discoveries yet to be made in the ocean, with great potential benefit to society. It’s fitting that the Neil Armstrong will enable the next giant leaps for mankind.”

"Today marks the launch of a new era of ocean research, building on the longstanding support of the U.S. Navy and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for ocean science and exploration,” said Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). “We look forward to the Neil Armstrong landing on Massachusetts shores and continuing the legacy of scientific excellence anchored in Woods Hole and impacting the world.”

“For 85 years, the scientists and researchers at Woods Hole have been at the forefront of oceanographic discovery,” said Representative William Keating (D-Mass.). “The transfer of the R/V Neil Armstrong represents the continued role of the US Navy’s investments in furthering oceanography and the critical nexus of federal investments in independent, pioneering research. WHOI remains a premier research ship operator – not just for New England as an anchor for academic institutions and students in the region, but for scientists globally.”

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences, its primary mission is to understand the ocean and its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean's role in the changing global environment. For more information, please visit

Radio Hollands extends VSAT Coverage above Northern Europe

Ship owners choosing the Northern Sea Route now have additional coverage from Kara Sea to Pacific Ocean

Radio Holland is the first provider who expanded its Global Ku-band VSAT network with additional coverage above Northern Europe/Russia. Recently, the Yamal 402 Northern beam has been added to the Radio Holland Global VSAT Network.

With this extra beam Radio Holland offers improved coverage for its customers sailing from the Kara Sea to the Pacific Ocean. At this point of time, parts are free of ice for only two months per year. It is expected that the Northern Sea Route will be used as a new shipping route. Radio Holland supports customers with added coverage to their Global VSAT Network in the Norwegian-, Barents-, and Kara Sea.

The VSAT network of Radio Holland provides reliable communication connections for crew, captain and other users on board. The extension of Radio Holland’s VSAT coverage in combination with its portfolio of value added services offers ship owners the possibility for a total satellite communication solution. Radio Holland’s broadband communication solution utilizes the iDirect Evolution platform and includes Service Level Agreements, 24/7 Support and automatic beam switching.

Radio Holland is present at Offshore Europe (8-11 September, Aberdeen, stand no. 1E105) and presents its ship to shore communications portfolio there.

Xtera Completed the Loading of Its Second Repeatered Subsea Cable System Project

Xtera-Sub Repeatered 1

Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading global provider of optical networking solutions, has announced the completion of the loading of its second repeatered submarine cable system that will be deployed within the next 2 months in the Atlantic Ocean. This new repeatered project will go live after the successful upgrade of the High capacity, Undersea Guernsey Optical-fiber (HUGO) subsea cable system connecting Porthcurno (UK), Guernsey (UK) and Lannion (France), where Xtera’s next generation wideband repeaters were inserted into the existing cable plant to increase system capacity.

The approximately 1,500 km long cable system was loaded from Nexans cable factory in Rognan, Norway with more than 10 repeaters. In addition to its small mechanical size, Xtera’s Raman-based repeater offers multiple optical transmission benefits, including wider spectrum, better noise performance, longer repeater spacing and higher tolerance to strong increases in span loss compared with repeaters based on erbium-doped fiber amplifiers.

“Following the upgrade of the HUGO system wet plant, we are now deploying a new subsea optical transmission infrastructure with our repeaters and submarine cable from Nexans,” said Stuart Barnes, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Xtera Submarine Business. “Our innovative repeater adds nicely to our portfolio of flexible solutions for building new subsea infrastructure, upgrading existing cable assets under water, or recovering and re-laying existing cable assets.”

Xtera pioneered Raman optical amplification in long-haul optical transmission infrastructure with its Wise RamanTM solution that offers unrivalled optical transmission performances, unparalleled optical spectrum and operational excellence with a seamless integration of Raman amplification into optical networks. In April 2013, Xtera launched the industry’s first opt ical wideband repeater featuring Raman amplification for long-haul subsea cable systems. The new repeater adds nicely to Xtera’s turnkey solutions for building new subsea cable systems or upgrading existing wet plant, including repeater replacement or re-lay of decommissioned cable systems.

University of Miami Selects SPOT for Oceanic Flow Study in the Gulf of Mexico

SPOT15 SavedBy logo URL TM whiteGlobalstar, Inc. announces that the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM) will deploy SPOT Trace satellite trackers in its continued research expedition with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE). The project studies ocean flow as it relates to the dispersion of pollutants and the effects of hurricanes on the dissemination of environmental hazards over time. This is an extension of an ongoing project that launched in 2012 after the BP oil spill to monitor how pollutants behave in normal and emergency conditions, collecting over six million data points.

SPOT devices are cost-effective, rugged, pocket-sized devices that use satellite messaging technology to allow users to communicate from remote locations around the globe. The SPOT product family uses the GPS satellite network to determine a customer or asset’s location and transmit messages and GPS coordinates to others, independent of cellular phone coverage or radio frequency range. As a result, SPOT devices fulfill a variety of purposes including emergency services, recreational/asset tracking and scientific studies.

For the first time, CARTHE’s field work at sea, combined with laboratory experiments and development of interconnected modeling systems, will produce a comprehensive modeling hierarchy that provides a four dimensional description of oil/dispersant fate and transport in the Gulf of Mexico and coastal environments across all relevant time and space scales. CARTHE was also able to provide useful data and coastal models to emergency responders after the 2013 explosion of the Hercules 265 drilling rig and the Santa Barbara oil spill earlier this year.

“SPOT is at the very heart of our upcoming expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico, just like in our 2012 study. Almost every aspect of the experiment is tailored around these devices. Such massive simultaneous information has never been obtained before, and we expect that SPOT will provide unprecedented scientific information about ocean currents so we know what to anticipate in the event of future oil spills,” said Tamay Özgökmen, professor of ocean sciences and CARTHE director.

"The CARTHE group, based at the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, continues to produce cutting-edge science and pushes the boundaries of physical oceanography. This will be the largest oceanographic experiment of its kind and to be successful, the quality of the equipment must be exceptional,” said Roni Avissar, professor and dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “Our scientists have spent years perfecting the drifters and planning the execution of their release, and now we need the SPOT GPS units to do the work.”

“We are thrilled to continue to be a part of such an innovative research project that has such an enormous impact on the communities in which we and many of our customers are a part of,” said Jake Rembert, Vice President at Globalstar. “The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School and CARTHE are making groundbreaking discoveries with our SPOT devices and we look forward to finding more ways to leverage our satellite technology in this arena.”

For more information on SPOT Trace and other SPOT devices, please visit

ST Teleport Expands Capacity and Partnership with AsiaSat

Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) announced that ST Teleport, a full-service satellite and fibre communications solutions provider based in Singapore, has expanded its capacity commitment and strategic partnership with AsiaSat to enhance service offerings to the VSAT and media sectors.

ST Teleport recently expanded its C-band capacity in Asia with a new dedicated antenna for AsiaSat 4 at the orbital location of 122°E to provide leading-edge satellite-based service solutions for maritime, oil and gas, enterprise, and media businesses. In response to strong user demand for high-quality connectivity solutions for data and video services in Asia, both companies have further strengthened their collaboration to offer enhanced land/sea/air based VSAT services.

ST Teleport’s advanced earth station complex facilities in Singapore is now capable of connecting to AsiaSat’s comprehensive fleet of satellites, including the new Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 8’s South East Asia and Middle East beams, to offer more choices to customers. The extension of the partnership will accelerate growth opportunities for ST Teleport and increase its offerings to customers looking for fast and flexible satellite communications solutions at competitive prices.

“Our partnership with AsiaSat will further strengthen both of our positions in the satellite communication services sector. Access to more AsiaSat capacity will enable ST Teleport to efficiently expand our services geographically and to serve more diverse industries and businesses. ST Teleport's continuous upgrading of its network and capacity demonstrates its commitment to provide advanced and cost effective satellite solutions to our data, maritime and media clients locally and internationally,” said Joseph Chan, Managing Director of ST Teleport.

“We are pleased with this expanded partnership with ST Teleport. We aim to bring a new level of high performance, cost-effective satellite solutions and comprehensive coverage to ST Teleport and their clients through this stronger partnership. This collaboration also underscores our commitment to working closer with our partners and clients to deliver the quality, value and choice of capacity that meet their service needs,” said Philip Balaam, Vice President, Sales and Business Development of AsiaSat. postpone replacement of parts of Anholt Cable must postpone the replacement of two parts totaling approximately 4.5 km of submarine cable that connects the Anholt offshore wind farm to the grid on land.

The replacement of the two parts of the cable that connects the Anholt offshore wind farm to the grid on land, does not begin as scheduled in September.

Cable supplier is still going to prepare replacement cable. There was an error in replacing the cable, which has moved the process. Therefore, we can not begin the replacement of the sea at the end of September, as we have previously announced, says Torben Glar Nielsen, technical director of As soon as is ready with a new date for when the work can go ahead, it will be announced to the market on the power exchange Nord Pool Spot website.

In February, there was an error in the cable, which meant that the wind farm was out of action for four weeks, while a piece of cable was replaced. Since then,, cable supplier NKT Cables and external experts studied the fault and the rest of the cable, and it has been shown that there is a risk that the same mistakes can occur in two other parts of the cable. Therefore, they must be replaced.

Read more about cable failure in February here.

Alcatel-Lucent and Ocean Networks to Extend South America Pacific Link Submarine Cable System from Panama to Florida


Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), and Ocean Networks, Inc. are to extend the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) submarine cable system from Panama to Florida, adding approximately 3,000km to the 14,200km SAPL network that will link Hawaii to South America.

The extension will be known as SAPL Caribbean Express (SAPL CX). With it, the SAPL system will land in northern Florida and provide seamless connectivity to the Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas in Miami, Florida, as well as connecting Oahu in Hawaii, Balboa in Panama and Santiago in Chile. This will provide additional capacity to meet the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth-hungry markets with ultra-broadband access around the Pacific Rim, as well as enhance the role of digital connectivity in regional economic development.

The system is designed for future connectivity via branching units to Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and northern Chile and the big island of Hawaii.

The 100 Gbit/s SAPL CX system will have a capacity of at least 10 terabits-per-second on each of its six fiber pairs. SAPL is the only system in the region that can offer full fiber pairs from Hawaii, Central and South America to the NAP of the Americas. The system offers a truly diverse trans-Pacific route compared to the congested North American West Coast routes.

Scott J. Schwertfager, CEO at Ocean Networks, said: “The addition of SAPL CX is significant, we have listened to the requirements of our customer and have responded to meet their requests. The SAPL system will fulfil a long-standing need of the markets of the US, Central and South America for connectivity to the Asia Pacific region by interconnecting with existing and planned submarine cable systems in Hawaii. The collaboration with ASN and the deployment of their leading-edge subsea cable system technology will enable us to foster cost-effective high-speed broadband connectivity in the region.”

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “Extending SAPL to the United States will boost access to the worldwide infrastructure, opening up traffic diversity to increase access and service reliability as demand from consumers and businesses alike grows rapidly. We are pleased to be supporting Ocean Networks in the expansion of services and applications that are enabled by high-bandwidth networks, which are a catalyst for economic and social progress. ”

Offshore Cable Project Ostwind 1 Approved by BSH

The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has approved the planning for the sea route within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

In accordance with the Offshore Installations Ordinance, the BSH decided to approve the sea route of 50Hertz's Ostwind 1 offshore cable project within the EEZ. "We are greatly pleased with the permit for this last 20 kilometre section in the EEZ. This means that the entire cable route is now approved," said Uwe Gyßer, Ostwind 1 project leader at 50Hertz. "We can now also press ahead with the project in the EEZ as planned."

The competent authority in these matters, namely the Ministry for Energy of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, already granted 50Hertz its approval for the land route on 9 March 2015 and for the sea route in territorial waters on 10 July 2015.

About the Ostwind 1 project
The Ostwind 1 project is part of the grid connection of the Westlich Adlergrund cluster and includes the connection of the Wikinger and Arkona Basin South-East wind farms to the grid, based on development scenarios that were coordinated with a wide variety of parties (Offshore Network Development Plan - ONEP/O-NDP). Both wind farm projects have obtained the necessary permits and are currently being realised. The Ostwind 1 project cable routes cover 90 kilometres at sea and three kilometres on land, terminating at the 50Hertz substation of Lubmin. Construction works will start in the summer of 2015 and the grid connections should be ready by the end of 2018.

The licensing authorities for the construction and operation of the grid connections are the Ministry for Energy of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, competent for the land route and the sea route within territorial waters (12 nautical mile zone), and the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), competent for the sea route in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Flight VA225: Another Successful Launch for Leading Operators Eutelsat and Intelsat, Ariane 5’s First Commercial Customers

With the successful launch of EUTELSAT 8 West B and Intelsat 34, Arianespace celebrates a partnership stretching back more than 30 years with two world leaders in satellite communications, Eutelsat and Intelsat.

Arianespace's seventh launch of the year was the fourth with Ariane 5 and the 67th successful Ariane 5 mission in a row. Europe's heavy launcher lifted off on August 20 at 5:34 pm (local time) from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, witnessed by Emmanuel Macron, French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs.

Two geostationary telecom satellites

EUTELSAT 8 West B will provide high-definition and ultra-high-definition direct TV broadcast services to North Africa and the Middle East, as well as telecommunications services across Africa and in the eastern part of South America.

Intelsat 34 will provide C-band telecommunications services for Latin America and Ku-band services in Brazil. In addition, it will offer Ku-band broadband Internet services for maritime and aeronautical operators in the North Atlantic.

Long-standing partnerships with two world leaders in fixed satellite services v Since the launch of the EUTELSAT-1 F1 and Intelsat 507 satellites in 1983, Eutelsat and Intelsat, the leading commercial customers for Ariane 5, have regularly called on Arianespace's launch solutions.

EUTELSAT 8 West B is the 30th satellite orbited by Arianespace for Eutelsat, the leading satcom operator in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and number 3 worldwide in terms of revenues. Arianespace currently has three more satellites in its order book to be launched for Eutelsat.

Intelsat 34 is the 55th satellite orbited by Arianespace for Intelsat, the world leader in fixed satellite services in terms of revenues and in-orbit capacity. Arianespace has four more Intelsat satellites in its backlog of launch orders.

Shortly after the announcement that the two satellites had been injected into orbit, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: "Arianespace is very proud of our successful dual launch this evening for the two leading commercial customers of our heavy launcher, Ariane 5. I would like to thank Intelsat and Eutelsat for their unwavering trust and loyalty over more than 30 years.

"I would also like to thank all our partners who contributed to this seventh launch of the year, the 67th successful launch in a row for Ariane 5: ESA, prime contractor for the Ariane program; all European companies who contribute to Ariane under the direction of industrial prime Airbus Safran Launchers; CNES-CSG and companies at the launch base, who have provided constant support for all our successes; and of course the men and women of Arianespace, whose commitment and professionalism underpin our goal of setting a new record for the total number of launches in 2015.

"We are also very honored this evening by the presence of the French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs. I would like to express my personal thanks to him and the French government for their constant support of the Ariane program and Arianespace, against the backdrop of a deep reorganization of the European launcher industry."


EUTELSAT 8 West B weighed 5,782 kg at launch. The satellite is fitted with 40 active Ku-band and 10 C-band transponders. It will be positioned at 8° West and offers a design life of 15 years. Built by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) using a Spacebus 4000 C4 platform, EUTELSAT 8 West B is the 143rd satellite built by TAS (and predecessors) to be orbited by Arianespace.

Intelsat 34

Intelsat 34 weighed 3,300 kg at launch. The satellite is fitted with 18 active Ku-band and 22 C-band transponders. It will be positioned at 304.5° East and offers a design life of 15 years. Built by SSL using a 1300 series platform, Intelsat 34 is the 51st satellite from the company (and predecessors) to be orbited by Arianespace.

The EUTELSAT 8 West B/Intelsat 34 mission at a glance

  • 67th successful Ariane 5 launch in a row – 50th successful Ariane 5 ECA launch
  • 81st Ariane 5 launch
  • 513th and 514th satellites launched by Arianespace.

The launch was carried out from launch complex No. 3 (ELA 3) at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at:

  • 5:34 p.m., local time in French Guiana
  • 4:34 p.m., in Washington D.C.
  • 20:34 UTC
  • 10:34 p.m., in Paris.

On the 225th Ariane mission, the launcher carried a total payload of 9,912 kg, including 9,082 kg for the two satellites, injected into their targeted orbits

NORSAT announces follow-on order from major Eurasian defense contractor for its portable satellite solutions

Total order increased by 20% to $4.2 million and expected to be delivered during the second half of 2015 and 2016

Norsat International Inc., a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, today announced that the Company has received an approximate $700,000 follow-on order to the original $3.5 million award announced on February 19, 2015 from a Tier 1 Eurasian defense contractor for a range of Norsat's portable satellite terminals. This follow-on order increases the total contract awarded to approximately $4.2 million.

The increase in order is for additional units of Norsat's MarineLink maritime VSAT terminals and for the 0.9m Journey Manpack portable satellite terminal, the newest in Norsat's broad portfolio of satellite solutions. Norsat's MarineLink shipboard terminals offer a 3-axis operating platform and a 360 degree high-speed tracking antenna that ensures a reliable link in even the most difficult sea conditions. The 0.9m Journey Manpack consists of an easily portable, rapidly deployable, satellite terminal that weighs less than 25 kilograms.

Norsat expects to ship the majority of the terminals in late 2015 with follow on deliveries throughout 2016.

Dr. Amiee Chan, chief executive officer of Norsat, commented, "We continue to execute on bringing to market a diversified suite of products and solutions that meet the high standards of defense contractors around the world. This follow-on order by a Tier 1 Eurasian contractor demonstrates the high level of satisfaction they have with the Norsat solutions to meet their needs of providing communications in remote and challenging applications. Additionally, this order builds upon the bookings momentum that we have had over the last year, especially within our military related businesses, helping to set the stage for growth in the back half of 2015 and into 2016."

Alcatel-Lucent and Quintillion Subsea Holdings to Build Undersea Cable System Connecting Six Communities Along the North Slope of Alaska

6AlcatelAlcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), and Quintillion Subsea Holdings LLC have entered into a turnkey contract for the design and construction of a submarine cable system from Prudhoe Bay to Nome. ASN has commenced marine route survey and installation activities for the implementation of the system.

The system will offer a unique route to bring reliable, affordable high-speed broadband access to the North Slope of Alaska and will bridge the digital divide in an area of Alaska where bandwidth is currently still limited. With a capacity of at least 10 terabits-per-second (Tbit/s) per fiber pair, it will enable the delivery of advanced services, including improved health and education services more cost effectively, and spur economic development by empowering local businesses.

The system will consist of three fiber pairs capable of carrying 100 wavelengths, each of which can support 100 gigabits-per-second of data capacity. Phase 1 will be a 1,850 km segment linking the Alaskan communities of Nome, Kotzebue, Wainwright, Point Hope, Barrow, and Prudhoe Bay and will provide for future extensions to Asia and Europe. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, Phase 1 will incorporate advanced routing and burial techniques to protect the cable and enhance the integrity of the system.

Elizabeth Pierce, CEO of Quintillion Subsea Holdings said: “The Quintillion system will provide high quality, affordable bandwidth to businesses, government entities and communities throughout Northwest and the North Slope of Alaska, an area that is currently underserved and where environmental conditions present unique operational challenges. ASN has experience working in the arctic environment and their field-proven solution will offer us the flexibly and reliability our customers require to support the delivery of high capacity bandwidth and innovative services and applications, such as advanced tele-health and interactive education solutions, contributing to socio-economic development.”

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “There are still underserved areas that require ultra broadband access and connectivity, which are the key drivers of the upward trend the submarine industry is experiencing. The unique weather conditions of the Arctic make this project very challenging and our selection for this project is based on our technical expertise and our marine installation assets to ensure the optimal system routing and protection that will be required on this demanding route”

ASN will be responsible for the project on a turnkey basis, from system design to installation and commissioning. The ASN technical solution will be based on a state-of-the-art system architecture using armored OALC-4 cable, advanced coherent multi-terabit technology with optical add-drop multiplexing capabilities, and a configuration that will facilitate future ultra low-latency expansion to Japan and Western Europe.

Robotic Gliders Herald Sea of Change in Ocean Survey Work

Robotic underwater Seagliders used by the Oban-based Scottish Association for Marine Science have now gathered the equivalent of five years of oceanographic data, most of which was collected in the past 18 months.

This milestone, which was reached today, highlights a major change in how marine scientists collect information such as sea temperature, salinity, pressure and oxygen, as the six-feet-long Seagliders can spend months at sea collecting data that contributes to our understanding of climate change.

To date, the seven SAMS Seagliders have spent the equivalent of five years at sea, travelling more than 33,000 kilometres. One of the Seagliders, Ardbeg, has this week broken a SAMS distance record by completing a return trip of more than 3,400km along the Extended Ellett Line, a route from Scotland to Iceland that has been surveyed by scientists for 40 years.

Dr Stefan Gary, a research associate in physical oceanography at SAMS, said: “Seagliders allow oceanographers to make cost-effective, long-term, and long-distance observations, often in hard-to-access regions that ships rarely frequent and other ocean robots rarely go.

“Because of their durability we often deploy them in the winter, as they have been known to withstand extreme storm-force conditions.

“Seagliders also allow for very dense sampling of the ocean, collecting a profile every three kilometres, while a survey vessel usually samples every 10 to 30 kilometres.”

Seagliders collect data down to 1,000m as they slowly submerge towards the seabed and then rise to the surface, using fixed wings and a hydrodynamic shape to create a forward movement. To submerge, a battery-powered pump moves oil into a pressurised container, increasing the density of the glider in the water and causing it to sink. To bring the glider to the surface, oil is pumped back into a bladder to increase buoyancy. Live data is sent by the gliders via satellite to the pilots at SAMS, who can control and re-direct them remotely in near real-time.

SAMS owns two Seagliders – purchased in 2009 and 2011 – and has operated another five from the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) instrument pool since April 2014. SAMS, which is ideally situated for deep-sea Atlantic research, runs the Scottish Marine Robotics Facility, a command and control centre for Seaglider operations.

Currently, the SAMS Seagliders are contributing to three major NERC-funded projects: the Extended Ellett Line, a time series monitoring the evolution of the waters flowing between Scotland and Iceland; the FASTNEt project, looking at physical exchange processes between the deep ocean and shelf seas; and the international OSNAP project, which will monitor the oceanographic circulation across the subpolar North Atlantic until 2018. Scientists across Europe are working together towards maximising the gliders’ potential in terms of data quality, quantity, accessibility and cost effectiveness through projects such as AtlantOS or as part of the glider community group EGO.

In addition to collecting large quantities of new data, the SAMS Seaglider programmes have had a pivotal role in the training of several early career scientists and technicians. This focus on the next generation of researchers complements the new NERC initiative for a smart and autonomous observation Centre for Doctoral Training, which may lead to future opportunities.


Corporate Headquarters

Ocean News & Technology
is a publication of TSC Strategic

8502 SW Kansas Ave
Stuart, FL 34997