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TE SubCom and Nistica Announce Availability of Undersea Qualified Wavelength Selective Switch Modules

8-2nistica8-1TE SubCom1TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, and Nistica, a Fujikura subsidiary supplying agile optical networking solutions, announced the availability of fully qualified wavelength selective switch (WSS) modules to be used in undersea networks.

The joint development program between TE SubCom and Nistica focused on a rigorous design and development process to ensure the high-reliability requirements of undersea systems were met. The teams completed Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and all undersea reliability milestones, thus clearing the way for product deployment.

“SubCom continues to innovate to deliver the most technologically advanced and cost-effective solutions to our customers,” said Neal Bergano, chief technology officer, TE SubCom. “Our grid-flexible branching units will improve network capacity and robustness as well as flexibility in next-generation undersea networks. As cable owners seek out future-proof technologies to route and equalize spectrally efficient modulation formats, SubCom stands ready to deliver to their requirements.”

Under the counsel of TE SubCom, Nistica modified their terrestrial WSS modules to meet unique undersea high-reliability requirements, while maintaining differentiating features, namely, multiple 1xN WSS within one package, a 5.2THz bandwidth window and a grid-flexible channel plan with a granularity of 3.125 GHz. These features allow SubCom to provide reliable system architectures at the highest spectral efficiencies.

“We are delighted to have completed the undersea qualification work with TE SubCom,” remarked Ashish Vengsarkar, CEO of Nistica. “The lessons learned from this project can be applied in the deployment of future products for our terrestrial customers as well. The acceptance and deployment of our technology by SubCom in one of the most rigorous undersea applications demonstrates our industry leadership in reliable, high-performance optical switching.”

NORSAT Announces Follow-on Order from Major Eurasian Defense Contractor for its Portable Satellite Solutions

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."

Capacity Sales Robust on New South-East Asia-US Cable System

Hawaiian Telcom announced it continues to sell capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia – United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, with total sales now nearing $30 million. Hawaiian Telcom along with its consortium partners began construction on the landmark fiber network linking Indonesia, Philippines, Guam, Hawai'i and California.

"Hawaiian Telcom joined the SEA-US consortium because our community and our customers' thirst for broadband capacity was growing exponentially, but the trans-Pacific capacity required to meet this demand just wasn't being addressed," said Scott Barber, Hawaiian Telcom's president and CEO. "We are pleased that the interest in bandwidth on the SEA-US network has been very strong and we are well ahead of forecasted sales projections with contracts secured to date. These sales validate the need for bandwidth in this route and confirm a strong return on investment for Hawaiian Telcom."

Internet traffic is growing exponentially due to increased demand from broadband and mobile subscribers for video, applications and other online content. This demand and the growing availability of increasing broadband speeds are leading to explosive growth in overall bandwidth demand. The Asia-Pacific region is a leading driver of Internet traffic growth, which will continue to push trans-Pacific connectivity demand beyond existing capacities. According to a recent global bandwidth forecast published by TeleGeography, trans-Pacific demand is expected to increase at a compounded annual rate of 33 percent between 2013 and 2020.

Answering this demand, the SEA-US submarine cable system, when completed, will deliver a state-of-the-art 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) ultra-long haul system that will provide an initial 20 Terabit per second (Tbps) of capacity over approximately 9,300 miles of fiber.

Once completed, the SEA-US system will be strategically located along an underserved trans-Pacific route and will be the first submarine cable directly connecting Indonesia and the United States. With a high concentration of existing trans-Pacific fiber cables on the Japan-United States route, this system will provide critical route diversity options allowing customers to reduce risk due to natural disasters from typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis thereby helping to ensure stable connectivity.

"As Hawai'i's technology leader, Hawaiian Telcom is proud to participate in this historic project," added Barber. "This is really a game-changer for us, as our investment in the SEA-US submarine cable system will allow us to acquire trans-Pacific IP capacity as an owner, operator and seller, rather than just a capacity purchaser – which will substantially lower our trans-Pacific IP transit costs and cost-effectively meeting our future bandwidth requirements."

Other SEA-US consortium members include PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA. NEC is the system supplier and integrator. The total amount of investment in the SEA-US cable system is estimated to be approximately $250 million. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2016.

Please click here for a map of the SEA-US cable route.

EMC Completes Acquisition of MTN

EMC announces it has completed its acquisition of MTN (Maritime Telecommunications Network). The combined global company retains the name “EMC” and is now headquartered at MTN’s Miramar, Fla. offices. The acquisition creates a company with combined 35 years’ experience in delivering connectivity and content to organizations and people on the move in the most remote locations. The EMC global mobility platform is the industry’s most advanced, leveraging an unprecedented hybrid satellite and terrestrial broadband network. At sea, on land and in the air, EMC customers will experience the most seamless, reliable connectivity and access to live worldwide TV, on-demand video content, Internet, voice, cellular and 3G services, globally. The company closed the acquisition after announcing plans to do so on April 29, 2015.

“Customers can clearly distinguish EMC from other providers in three ways – our truly global services for mobility and fixed applications, our differentiated products and technologies, and our unique worldwide customer support,” said Abel Avellan, founder and CEO, EMC. “Our unmatched global mobility platform operates off the most extensive, advanced network serving the specific needs of our diverse customer set. Our ability to deliver customers the most efficient services comes from our unprecedented engineering innovations. We are excited to add the cruise, ferry and yacht markets to our targeted sectors, and will be merging our government, oil and gas, and commercial shipping business units to continue to deliver our recognized reliable service and support.”

The new entity provides remote connectivity to approximately 8,000 on-land sites and 1,600 vessels. The acquisition also further accelerates the organization’s scale and purchasing power as the largest consumer of satellite capacity outside the U.S. and Europe.

“We are excited to leverage synergies, and complementary products and services, for our distinct markets to further expand modern connectivity to remote locations at sea, on land and in the air,” Avellan said.

Tampnet to Acquire Telecom Infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico from Broadpoint and enter into Partnership with a Leading Telecom Carrier

  • Acquisition allows Tampnet to introduce new services and technology in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Strengthens Tampnet’s network infrastructure for the benefit of all customers
  • Enters into a long-term strategic roaming agreement with a leading telecom carrier

Tampnet Inc., the US subsidiary of the Norwegian-based leading offshore high capacity and low latency communications provider Tampnet AS (“Tampnet”), has reached an agreement to acquire Broadpoint LLC (“Broadpoint”), a pioneer within offshore communications to the Oil & Gas (“O&G”) industry in the Gulf of Mexico (“GoM”). In addition, Tampnet has entered into a long-term strategic roaming agreement with a leading telecom carrier.

Broadpoint owns and operates a 2G/GSM (“2G”) network consisting of around 50 base stations with placements on rigs and platforms in the GoM, as well as certain telecom frequency licenses, and is serving the offshore industry in the GoM. Broadpoint also provides roaming services to telecom carriers who, in turn, offer voice and data services to their clients in remote offshore areas. Tampnet will with the acquisition offer premium, Gulf-wide 4G/LTE (“4G”) coverage to the O&G industry in the region, its resellers and its roaming partners by upgrading the existing 2G network to offer robust and reliable 4G service. In parallel to the very strategic acquisition of Broadpoint, Tampnet has entered into a long-term roaming agreement with a leading telecom carrier – enabling the carrier to utilize the state-of-the art, offshore 4G infrastructure to offer high-capacity and low-latency data and voice services to its clients in the GoM.

“This is an important strategic step for Tampnet’s presence in the GoM and also a great leap for the O&G industry in the region. We are excited about being able to provide the industry with the latest high capacity and low latency 4G-technology in the same manner as we do in the North Sea. We believe that this will not only enable OPEX reduction potential for the O&G industry, but more importantly, also improve the HSEQ standards”, said Per Helge Svensson, Managing Director of Tampnet.

“Tampnet is already operating the world’s largest 4G/LTE network serving the O&G industry in the North Sea and they are clearly the leading company with skills to build and operate a network infrastructure in a harsh offshore environment. We feel confident that Tampnet can develop the GoM infrastructure to the next level introducing 4G/LTE services”, said Jonathan Foxman, President & CEO of Broadpoint.

Tampnet operates the largest offshore high capacity communication network in the world and serves more than 240 O&G platforms, Floating Production Storage and Offloading units (FPSOs) and exploration rigs on the Danish, Norwegian and the UK continental shelves of the North Sea as well as in the GoM. In total, Tampnet owns and operates a redundant offshore infrastructure network based on 2,500km of subsea fiber optic cable in the North Sea, complemented with a large number of high-capacity, carrier grade radio links and 4G base stations. Tampnet is since 2012 owned by the EQT Infrastructure I and EQT Infrastructure II funds (“EQT Infrastructure”). EQT Infrastructure is part of EQT, the leading private equity group in Northern Europe with over EUR 22 billion in raised capital. EQT Infrastructure has extensive experience from both the communication and O&G sectors, and sees strong growth and strategic development potential for Tampnet with the acquisition of Broadpoint and the long-term partnership with the telecom carrier.

The foregoing transactions are subject to customary closing conditions, including Federal Communications Commission approvals. The transactions are anticipated to close in late 2015 or early 2016.

Sir Eion Edgar Joins Hawaiki Cable to Build New Submarine Cable System Across the Pacific

Hawaiki Cable and SIL Long Term Holdings Limited (SIL), the family investment vehicle of Sir Eion Edgar, are pleased to announce they have signed a binding agreement to become equity partners to build the Hawaiki submarine cable system.

Hawaiki submarine cable system is a new trans-Pacific cable, based on coherent fiber technology and with designed capacity of over 25 Tbps, which will link Australia and New Zealand to the United States, also connecting to a number of South Pacific Islands and Hawaii, by the end of 2017.

Under the multi-million dollar agreement, Hawaiki Cable and SIL acknowledge their common interest to enter into a long-term partnership and will join forces to develop and implement the US$300mm cable system.

Sir Eion Edgar said, “We are delighted to invest in the Hawaiki project, which represents major progress for the connectivity of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. This cable will not only provide faster and better Internet, but will also significantly enhance the security of our data connection to the globe and, ultimately, improve the everyday life of our communities. As a family, we have endeavoured to support and invest in projects that not only make sound business sense, but which also make a positive contribution to New Zealand society, in particular in the areas of health and education. Our investment in Hawaiki fits squarely with this endeavour. In order to be a centre of education excellence, New Zealand must have access to secure and competitively priced data. And in the area of health, greater connectivity can have hugely positive implications. For example, new telemedicine applications, boosted by Hawaiki broadband connection, will reduce the need for patients to visit distant hospitals, greatly enhancing the quality of healthcare that can be provided right across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. We are excited to be part of Hawaiki and make a positive contribution to the development of New Zealand and our region.”

Rémi Galasso, Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiki Cable, said “we consider Hawaiki as an important strategic asset for New Zealand and its future generations. Our capacity contracts with New Zealand customers, including REANNZ, symbolized the first cornerstone of the project and now, with the Edgar family on board, we demonstrate once again our commitment and ability to provide New Zealand with state-of-the-art infrastructure."

‘Universal’ Eutelsat Quantum Satellite to Revolutionise Telecoms Markets

Communications satellites are set to enter a new age following agreements signed today between Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL), ESA, and Airbus Defence and Space for the first ‘Eutelsat Quantum’ software-driven satellite.

‘Eutelsat Quantum’ will usher in a new era of commercial satellite service by enabling users in government, mobility and data markets to actively define and shape the performance and reach they need from a satellite. Using a software-based design, it will be the first universal satellite to repeatedly adjust to business requirements and to be able to operate in any geographic region in the world. With a new payload, use of proven technology and software control, the Eutelsat Quantum class of satellites will also accelerate time-to-market.

The development of the core technologies integrated into Eutelsat Quantum will be supported by ESA and the UK Space Agency within the framework of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) signed today by ESA, Eutelsat and Airbus Defence and Space on the occasion of the inauguration of ESA’s new centre in the UK. Eutelsat today also signed the contract for the first satellite with Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) in the UK using a new platform to be built by its affiliate, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL). The first satellite will be delivered in 2018.

Michel de Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Eutelsat said: “Eutelsat Quantum is the first of a new generation of satellite that has agility, adaptability, responsiveness and performance at its core. It is the culmination of many years of research and evaluation driven by Eutelsat, and marks a new age of maturity for the commercial satellite business. We are proud to be spearheading this initiative in partnership with ESA and Airbus Defence and Space with the support of the UK Space Agency.”

Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson said: “Space is a great British success story and this partnership between Airbus and Eutelsat to build cutting-edge telecommunications satellites here in the UK is testament to that. Our investment in collaborative space science means the UK has the know-how and technical expertise to provide exciting and innovative space solutions that will drive growth and create jobs.”

Magali Vaissiere, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications of ESA said: “This new programme is an excellent PPP example of a win-win scenario. Industry benefits from a new type of satellite in a highly competitive and risk-averse market, the satellite operator benefits from the satellite’s advanced features and the ESA Member States who invested are ensured maximum return on their support through the development of their respective industry.”

“Eutelsat Quantum is the first satellite that can be fully reconfigured in orbit,” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems (Airbus Defence and Space). “With this satellite, Airbus Defence and Space will deliver yet another innovation for Eutelsat, marking a breakthrough in telecommunications satellites and following electric propulsion with EUTELSAT 172B and broadband access with KA-SAT.”

Eutelsat Quantum's in-orbit reprogrammable features will set a new standard in flexibility and will principally address markets that are highly changeable and mobile.

For communications on the move, it will offer dynamic beam shaping and vessel-tracking capabilities that can be optimised for power and throughput as required by maritime, aeronautical and land-based transportation.

  • For data networks, it will support bespoke design of wide-area networks and dynamic traffic shaping, responding to demand where and when needed.
  • For government users, it will provide rapid response for public protection and disaster recovery as well as secure control using the latest encryption technology.
  • For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com

For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com 

O3b Connects Royal Caribbean “Smart Ship” Anthem of the Seas in the Mediterranean

O3b Networks announced it has enabled high-speed broadband internet access and SMART Connect mobile service on Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas with the O3bMaritime product while it is in the Mediterranean.

The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than traditional geostationary satellites, reduces latency, increases internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user. O3b’s next generation IP trunking solution boosts existing link capacities to rival the affordability and latency of fiber.

The O3b system is uniquely designed for broad coverage. Because O3b is a constellation of satellites, when Royal Caribbean moves one of its top-of-the-line Oasis- or Quantum-class ships to another region around the world, the global O3b satellite constellation can provide its signature fiber-like throughput and low latency in the new location as well.

O3bMaritime has already provided four of Royal Caribbean’s largest ships (Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas), each with more bandwidth than the rest of the cruise industry combined. In the near future, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas will move across the Pacific, bringing exceptional cruising experiences and at-sea high speed broadband to the Japanese ports of Okinawa and Kyoto, as well as other Asian destinations.

“With O3b we have added a dimension to cruising that has never existed before,” said Michael Bayley, President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Our new internet capabilities allow our guests to surf, stream and share their vacation experiences with their friends and family back home. It also allows us to provide our business clientele a new way to stay connected with their colleagues.”

“We are honored to support Royal Caribbean’s innovative use of technology, and to bring this capability to guests in a new destination,” said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b. “By moving Anthem to the Mediterranean, Royal Caribbean will bring guests there the extraordinary level of instant connectivity that has thrilled Caribbean guests. Guests can tweet, post, Skype, stream video, even play Xbox with friends—just like they do at home—while cruising on Anthem.”

Xtera Upgrades the HUGO Subsea Cable System with its Next Generation Repeater

Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading global provider of optical networking solutions, announced the deployment of its next generation repeater into the High capacity, Undersea Guernsey Optical-fiber (HUGO) subsea cable system connecting Porthcurno (UK), Guernsey (UK) and Lannion (France), partly owned by Sure, leading supplier of telecommunication services in Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man. This project represents the first deployment of Xtera’s repeater in a commercial system, as well as the industry’s first deployment of a Raman-based submarine repeater.

The repeater insertion extends the lifetime and capacity of the HUGO subsea cable, which is a redeployment of parts of the decommissioned Gemini system. HUGO had initially been an unrepeatered system, but had become limited by the relatively high loss of the cable. The addition of Xtera’s repeaters removes these limitations and creates the highest possible capacity system with minimum disruption to service.

Having no legacy, Xtera was in a position to design and develop a completely new repeater with a number of electrical, optical and mechanical innovations. The enhanced electrical and optical designs enable Raman amplification in repeatered cable systems, leading to excellent optical noise performance and a spectrum significantly greater than that offered by repeaters based on erbium-doped fiber amplifiers.

“This revamping of an unrepeatered cable system into a repeatered one is a perfect illustration of Xtera’s innovative, flexible solutions for building new subsea infrastructure or upgrading existing cable assets under water,” said Stuart Barnes, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Xtera Submarine Business. “Due to its spectrum flexibility, Raman amplification allows us to fine-tune the repeater performance with respect to the optical characteristics of the line fiber, which was optimized for 20-year-old transmission technologies, thus maximizing the system capacity.”

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 optical 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.

 

Impartial Maritime VSAT Knowledge Resource Launched at Nor-Shipping 2015

A new online resource providing in-depth, impartial information and advice on maritime VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) technology has been officially launched at Nor-Shipping 2015. maritimeVSAT.com is based on an initiative led by maritime communication services provider Marlink and supported by major industry organisations. Its purpose is to educate the wider maritime industry on all aspects of maritime VSAT by providing a detailed knowledge base and clear understanding of the technology available, thus helping ship-owners to make an informed choice when upgrading vessel and fleet communications. From a neutral standpoint, maritimeVSAT.com provides essential information related to VSAT technology, services and installation. Key features include definitions of the terms commonly associated with VSAT, detailed information on how VSAT works, the types of satellite and coverage available, strengths and constraints and key considerations such as comparing services and cost of ownership. The site also contains a resources section with detailed articles about VSAT, coverage maps and videos.

The easy to use website has been developed in collaboration with leading industry bodies. It will be updated by contributors drawn from a highly experienced pool of talent from the maritime and communications industries. "Within the VSAT industry, we sometimes forget that for many of our customers and end users, satellite communication technology is still a relatively new and complex concept," said Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime Satcoms at Airbus Defence and Space, which owns Marlink. "We are convinced that maritimeVSAT.com can educate the market, increase their knowledge and understanding, and therefore also increase trust in the technology."

Until now, much of the information on choosing maritime VSAT services has been fragmented across different sites and is commercially driven. MaritimeVSAT.com is the only such impartial online resource for this subject, so the goal is to make it the first port of call for anyone researching the subject, providing a collection of factual information from expert sources.

Marlink is exhibiting at Nor-Shipping 2015 on stand B02-14.

Emerging Markets Communications Showcases Oil & Gas and Maritime Connectivity Solutions at Nor-Shipping 2015

Leading Maritime Industry Week Provides Platform for EMC to Showcase Combined Products and Services After Purchase of GIS

Global satellite and terrestrial communications provider Emerging Markets Communications® (EMC) announced today its exhibition at Nor-Shipping 2015 in Oslo, Norway on June 2-5. After its recent purchase of Norwegian services provider General Industry Systems (GIS), EMC provides global satellite (VSAT) services and now offers system integration of communications and devices such as radio and GMDSS systems. Additional services include overall project management, network design and engineering, procurement, installation, programming and 24x7 technical support.

Emerging Markets Communications will be exhibiting at booth B01-14 in the IT & Navigation theme park hall, where it will showcase its fully managed VSAT connectivity services, crew entertainment solutions and offshore radio systems and equipment for the maritime and oil & gas industries.

"We are excited to showcase our expanded portfolio of global communication services at Nor-Shipping," said Jan Gustavsen, Director of Maritime Services, EMC. "We now have a more tailored solution for the maritime and oil & gas markets, providing a full-suite of products and services to support the entire communications lifecycle."

Nor-Shipping celebrates its 50th anniversary with the 2015 conference and exhibition, and is widely known as the leading maritime event in the industry. With representation from approximately 80 countries of over 2,000 exhibitors and 25,000 attendees, Nor-Shipping provides an invaluable forum for networking with the most prominent offshore companies and influential individuals in the maritime and shipping space. In addition, a variety of conference sessions led by industry leaders are scheduled to take place, discussing top trends including the future of offshore energy, business collaboration and technology and innovation.

Reliable Satellite Connectivity at Sea
EMC's fully managed satellite communications services offer flexible, tailored solutions to meet the performance expectations of all types of vessels. EMC's continuous global C-band and Ku-Band footprint in all major shipping routes provides customers the coverage they need anywhere in the world, even in harsh conditions at sea.

The end-to-end service includes all aspects of a communications requirement from beginning to end, including project management and consultation, network design, logistics, licensing, installation and 24x7 support from EMC's 52 field support locations and global operating centers worldwide.

Crew Entertainment
EMC's Crew Welfare Solutions are engineered to minimize impact on customers' mission-critical network and applications by providing separate, dedicated networks for crew entertainment services. EMC offers direct access to Wi-Fi, voice and SMS services, IPTV video entertainment and video conferencing. Configuring unique packages for every user and altering voice and data distribution on demand are just a few attributes of the breadth of possibilities offered by EMC for crew welfare solutions at sea.

Radio Systems
Emerging Markets Communications® now offers a complete line of radio systems and services for use both onshore and offshore. Products include both digital and analog radios, portable and fixed transmitters, in addition to headsets, microphones, adapters and other accessories from the leading manufacturers in the business including Motorola, Icom, Peltor, Procom and others.

EMC's fully managed services for radio systems are an integrated portion of the complete maritime communications solution. Customers receive consultation and recommendations from project managers and engineers as well as integrated system design, programming and frequency tuning, repairs and 24x7 technical support.

For more information about Emerging Markets Communications®, visit www.emc-corp.net

Please visit EMC at booth B01-14 in the Nor-Shipping exhibit hall.

TM Expands the Region's Connectivity and Network Diversity with "Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand" (MCT) Cable System

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) continues to play an integral role in providing connectivity diversity and elevating the region’s telecommunication efficiency level when the Company today in Phnom Penh, Cambodia signed an agreement with two (2) other regional telco players – Symphony Communication of Thailand and Telcotech of Cambodia, forming a consortium for the establishment of a state-of-the-art; the Malaysia – Cambodia – Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system.

Inking the agreement on behalf of TM was Mohamad Rozaimy Abd. Rahman, Executive Vice President, Global & Wholesale, TM, while other members of the consortium were represented by Oknha Paul Blanche-Horgan, Chief Executive Officer, Telcotech of Cambodia and Teerarat Pantarasutra, President, Symphony Communication of Thailand. Witnessing the ceremony were H.E. Prak Sokhonn, the Minister of Post and Telecommunications of Cambodia; Neak Oknha Kith Meng, Chairman, Telcotech; Datuk Bazlan Osman, Executive Director / Group Chief Financial Officer, TM; and Woodtipong Moleechad, Chairman of the Board, Symphony Communication.

Speaking at signing ceremony, which was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Datuk Bazlan said, “The MCT cable system will definitely play an important role to the business growth of Asean region especially in telecommunication sector. It will become the catalyst for other growing industries in Indochina that requires telecommunication infrastructure as communication is an essential element for current businesses in this era. Furthermore, TM supports and promotes any initiatives towards the success of Asean regional economic integration specifically the Asean Economic Community (AEC) through enhanced infrastructure and communications connectivity.”

Oknha Paul commented, "The MCT cable will play a crucial role in helping us continue that work in the decades to come - by enabling faster, more reliable and more affordable internet access for all. The connection to the region, and the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable and beyond, will allow Telcotech to offer better solutions to our clients and help us meet Cambodia's communications needs as the country continues to develop."

Teerarat said, “MCT Cable System will give great benefits to ASEAN countries because not only Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand can have excellent connectivity but also other surrounding countries will also have this enhancement for telecommunication as well. I am confident that MCT Cable System will uphold our region’s telecommunication business with high level of efficiency and we will enter to a new chapter of telecommunication in ASEAN.”

The latest intra-regional submarine cable system which spans approximately 1,300 km will link Malaysia to Cambodia and Thailand with further access to Indochina countries like Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam via terrestrial links. Upon completion, International telcos from various regions that have interest in Indochina would be able to utilise the MCT cable system.

On the other hand, the Indochina operators that ride on MCT will be able to access Malaysia as well as other Asean countries and other international destinations leveraging on TM’s extensive regional and global network coverage at competitive rates.

The cable system will adopt 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) upgradable technology with a design capacity of at least 30 Tbps. The system is expected to be ready for commercial traffic by end of 2016.

To date, TM owns 14 in service submarine cable systems, which span more than 100,000 fiber-route miles around the globe, including several submarine cable routes that the Company utilises to carry traffic between Asia-Pacific, North America, South Asia, Middle East, Africa and European region.

Ardent Launches Joint Venture with Subtech in Sub-Saharan Africa; Starts New Phase of Global Marine Services Network

As part of the next step in its creation of the premier global marine services network, Ardent the newly created company between Svitzer and Crowley is launching a Joint Venture with Southern Africa’s leading diving and marine services company, Subtech.

Subtech brings an unparalleled Sub-Saharan African presence through an extensive infrastructure network with facilities and activities that cover both East and West Africa in additional to its home territory of South Africa. Subtech’s experienced marine and subsea personnel, equipment resources, entrepreneurial business model and the support of James Fisher Group will help the Joint Venture to evolve and grow. The Joint Venture will build on an already successful track record of collaboration between Ardent and Subtech through projects such as the wreck removal of the MV SMART in Richard’s Bay and the emergency response salvage of the Vestas Wind off the coast of Mauritius.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with Ardent, a company with a global reputation for emergency response and wreck removal,” says Neil Scott Williams, Director of Salvage at Subtech and the General Manager of the Joint Venture “Our companies complement each other in a whole host of ways, and I see a wealth of opportunities ahead.”

The Joint Venture, Ardent Subtech, will be based out of Subtech’s existing Cape Town facility with supporting offices in Namibia, Mozambique and Mauritius. The key objectives of the Joint Venture are to increase responsiveness and operational capability throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and to provide clients with support and assurance in areas that are challenging to operate in. The Joint Venture will also look to maximise the use of its personnel and equipment by supporting additional services throughout the region and elsewhere. 

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