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Nexans’ Refitted Cable Ship Sets Sail from Norway Loaded with the World's Longest 3-core Submarine Power Cable

The cable will create a new 100 MW power connection between Ibiza and Mallorca. At 119 km it is the world’s longest 3-phase XLPE submarine cable, weighing almost 7,000 tonnes. To carry and install the cable, Nexans' own cable ship, the C/S Nexans Skagerrak, has received a major refit.

Increased efficiency, costs savings and reduced emissions

REE, Red Eléctrica de España, which operates the Spanish power system and owns the power grid, ordered the 90 million Euro cable link between Ibiza and Mallorca for the latest phase in a project to link the Balearic Islands to the mainland grid on the Iberian Peninsular. This will provide the islands with a more reliable, energy efficient and lower emission power supply.

The 119 km cable, designed, manufactured and installed by Nexans features state-of-the-art XLPE insulation. It will set two world records for both the longest 3-core high-voltage (132 kV) AC connection, and the deepest at 800 metres. The cable was spooled from Nexans’ specialized submarine cable in Halden, Norway and over onto the vessel's turntable to a height of 7 metres and a diameter of 29 metres. It is now heading for the Mediterranean where it will be installed ready for commissioning in 2015, according to the project schedule.

Cable delivers enough power for 2 small cities

During one year of manufacturing, Nexans’ own high voltage laboratory at Halden conducted almost 100 tests of various cable lengths and end samples. The cable design has also been tested to an output sufficient to provide 60,000 households with electricity, equivalent to twice the consumption of a small town. The huge length of the cable made a number of the processes involved more demanding, as seemingly minor variations result in major fluctuations over a long continuous length.

“The record breaking single length of cable involved has made this a very challenging project for Nexans, said Dirk Steinbrink, Senior Executive Vice President High Voltage & Underwater Cable Business Group. “So far everything has run to schedule with the cable passing its final test, the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), and we are delighted to be starting the delivery and installation phase.”

Airbus Defence and Space Doubles VSAT Satellite capacity over the Caribbean

Increased throughput and increased service availability for yacht owners

Airbus Defence and Space has doubled its satellite capacity for users in the Caribbean, in time for the winter season as yachts are transiting back to the Caribbean from the summer season in the Mediterranean.

Vessels sailing along the entire US East Coast and the Caribbean will be able to reach speeds up to 6 Mbps using standard Pharostar VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal).

The additional bandwidth will benefit the hundreds of vessels, specifically leisure and yachting, operating in and transiting the Caribbean with Airbus Defence and Space VSAT onboard. With the recently launched AuroraGlobal portfolio, leisure owners are well prepared for future communications requirements with new HTS (High throughput satellite) satellites becoming available from next year.

The enhanced satellite coverage over the Caribbean consists of multiple satellites beams. As Pharostar VSAT services dynamically switch the connection to the next available satellite, this maximizes the VSAT link availability when the vessel position changes or the VSAT antenna is blocked by external obstacles.

Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime satellite communications activities at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “More and more we see the demand for higher speeds for leisure vessels in Florida and the Caribbean, as almost every person is now coming onboard with their own personal devices wanting to stay in touch on Facebook and Skype, just as they do at home or in the office. With this step we deliver a standardized, easy-to-install and use service, with the necessary high speed and voice quality to keep guests and the crew happy.”

 

Marlink Extends Maritime IT Service Offering Through Strategic Partnership Agreement With Palantir AS

• Responding to the convergence of satellite connectivity and IT networks on board vessels

• Providing customers with a one-stop-shop, increasing process efficiency by closer integration of IT and satcoms

Marlink and maritime IT specialist Palantir AS have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will improve access to sophisticated IT services in the maritime industry. Palantir's IT products complement Marlink parent company Airbus Defence and Space's extensive AuroraGlobal multi-band (Ka-, Ku-, C and L-band) connectivity portfolio and value added solutions, which enable shipping companies to optimise communications and operations.

Through the agreement, Palantir, a leading supplier of managed maritime IT products and services will support Marlink in taking increased responsibility for its customers' IT systems on board. Marlink will provide customers with access to Palantir's portfolio of services.

Palantir's KeepUp@Sea managed IT service monitors all hardware and software on board a vessel and across a fleet, allowing IT staff on shore to detect and address issues remotely. Combined with AuroraGlobal, Palantir's IT solutions enable shipowners and operators to significantly improve fleet efficiency whilst reducing maintenance costs through standardisation and remote management. KeepUp@Sea gives fleet-wide control of IT network changes and upgrades from shore, ensuring more stability of PCs and equipment on board vessels.

"Satcoms is one of the key enablers of our products and services, so it makes sense for us to work closely with the leading connectivity agnostic maritime satcom company," says Arvid Dregelid, President at Palantir AS. "Together, our respective capabilities become of better value for the customer, and we will be able to develop even more advanced solutions to improve vessel efficiency and reduce the cost of running a fleet."

"This strategic partnership strengthens our ability to respond better to our customer requirements to act as a one-stop-shop for maritime IT solutions combined with broadband satellite connectivity," said Tore Morten Olsen, Head of maritime satellite communications activities at Airbus Defence and Space. "Palantir's managed IT services complement and extend perfectly our best-in-class satcom portfolio, strengthening end-to-end solutions for our customers and providing them with the best possible experience. Building on our proven technology and the AuroraGlobal portfolio we will continue to develop new opportunities for growth, innovation and expansion, creating increased value to our global customer base."

Marlink Palantir Maritime VSAT Marlink by Airbus DS is a world leading provider of satellite services. Providing access to the broadest range of product and service choices, Marlink can support virtually any requirement for maritime connectivity worldwide. The company's unrivalled portfolio includes on-demand services such as Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya, as well as its own range of C-band and Ku-band VSAT solutions. Marlink routes communication through its own teleports to ensure high quality, reliability and flexibility for its customers. With offices worldwide, including Athens, Brussels, Dubai, Hamburg, Houston, London, Mumbai, Oslo, Washington DC, Singapore, Stavanger and Tokyo, Marlink is able to support its wide-ranging portfolio with installation and customer support that is offered on a global basis. Marlink is a fully owned subsidiary and direct sales channel of Airbus Defence and Space for maritime satellite communications.

More information: www.marlink.com

KONGSBERG Connects Seismic Vessels

A cutting-edge communication solution developed by Kongsberg Seatex for the marine seismic sector is set to be a highlight at SEG Denver 2014 (the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting) on 26-31 October (Booth #2414). The KONGSBERG MBR system enables high speed, high capacity and extremely robust data, voice and video transfer between multiple vessels and other assets. The KONGSBERG MBR is set to revolutionise inter-vessel communication in the seismic industry, where the capability to quickly and reliably transfer data is a significant operational advantage.

The MBR system is a maritime radio network distribution system operating in the 5GHz band and has demonstrated stable, high capacity communication in a maritime environment, handling close by vessel operations, platform obstructions and distances in excess of 50km. Operating as a maritime ‘Information Highway’, MBR connects crews and their vessels with a high-speed and high capacity digital communication channel with ‘Fast Track’ priority options. Optimised to securely carry a diverse array of operational information (from real-time video streams to system data), MBR allows remotely situated teams to work together seamlessly, co-ordinating systems and activities for optimal performance, safety and operational success.

A seismic vessel needs to communicate with its workboat for safety and operational reasons and MBR will provide a link to HD video cameras and other sources for everyday use. Large wide- and multi-azimuth operations will also benefit from the robust broadband communication channel. Unlike satellite, Wi-Fi, or mobile network platforms, MBR requires no extra infrastructure or equipment beyond the units on participating vessels/assets. This makes it a simple to use and maintain solution for enhancing overall project efficiency in seismic operations.

“All Marine Seismic Operations are in reality multi vessel operations and require reliable communication. MBR represents a quantum leap in reliability for this type of communication and we believe that users will experience a whole new performance level enabling them to benefit from safer and more efficient operations,” said Gard Ueland, President of Kongsberg Seatex. “KONGSBERG is continuously developing its core technologies and the highly sophisticated MBR technology is an excellent example of this innovation process.”

U.N. task force says new ocean telecom cables should be 'green'

The global system of submarine telecommunications cables that supports our connected world is deaf, dumb and blind to the external ocean environment – and represents a major missed opportunity for tsunami warning and global climate monitoring, according to UH scientists and a United Nations task force.

“For an additional 5-10 percent of the total cost of any new cable system deployment, we could be saving lives from tsunamis and effectively monitoring global change,” said UH Mānoa’s Rhett Butler, Director of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology and chair of an international committee tasked to evaluate the cable opportunity.

Submarine telecommunication cables are the backbone of the Internet. More than half a million miles of this remarkable fiber-optic cable already criss-cross the deep ocean, linking more than 2.7 billion users and supporting global business, finance, social media, entertainment and political expression.

Now researchers are making a scientific and societal case for "greening" any new cables proposed to be built in the future.

The new report, published in October 2014 by a joint task force of three U.N. agencies, parallels an engineering feasibility study and analyses of strategy and legal challenges.

By adding a relatively straightforward set of instrumentation – accelerometers, high-resolution pressure gauges, and thermometers integrated into the cables’ optical repeaters – the enhanced telecom cables could answer many basic science needs, as well as help monitor of the physical state-of-health of the cable system itself, researchers say.

For example, a cable-based worldwide network of seafloor sensors could enable the monitoring of the pressure of a tsunami as it passes over the sea floor, allowing the measurement in real-time of the actual tsunami generated to assess its potential coastal threat and corroborate the necessity of a warning.

Likewise, global earthquake monitoring is hamstrung by the fact that nearly all of the world’s seismic stations are located on land. A smarter undersea cable system could significantly improve the resolution at which researchers can describe the earthquake process itself – including how, where and how much the earthquake moves over its fault surface, details that are fundamental to understanding its tsunami-generating potential.

On the climate side, readily available sensor technology could be deployed to improve our understanding of ocean circulation, sea level rise, and the exchange of heat through the ocean depths and with the atmosphere – essential elements for global monitoring.

All this new data could be transmitted at a negligible data rate (<20kb/s), when considered in the context of the telecommunication cable capacity (>1,000,000,000 kb/s).

“The undersea communication cable is an untapped platform for oceanographic sensors, one that could outstrip all other systems attempting to observe the deep oceans,” said Doug Luther, UH Mānoa professor of oceanography and another contributor to the report.

Although there are satellites, ships, airplanes and floats sampling the top of the ocean, there are almost no measurements from the ocean bottom thousands of feet below for monitoring the global ocean and climate change.

With the right motivation, green cables could be coming sooner rather than later.

“There is a current discussion among several cable companies to include sensors,” Butler said. “There was an effort announced by Pacific Fiber a year ago, and SubPartners is also making plans for its APX-East lines that run from Australia to California.”

At the Submarine Networks World telecommunications conference in Singapore earlier this month, nine new cable systems were being discussed, including an Arctic fiber system proposed to run from Tokyo to London.

“In the coming quarter century, all of the world’s cable systems will be replaced,” Butler said. “Missing this opportunity to begin integrating sensors would be an irreparable loss to our descendents.”

Currently the greatest challenges to the green cable effort remain the coordination, collaboration and funding for a universal solution that is tailored to specific cable deployments led by private companies.

Once the network is built out, the concept is for open sharing of the data that is collected.

“If you look at all of the basic science monitoring of the planet right now, everything is being funded by governments,” Butler said. “This is a new situation wherein the submarine cables are commercially owned. So there will need to be an accommodation between governments and business to make this a reality.”

APTelecom 'State of Subsea' Bangkok Receives Strong Reviews

Dozens of global telecom industry leaders, exclusive content, engaging discussions and video audience define first 'State of Subsea' expert event in international venue APTelecom, an award-winning telecom and fiber consulting company specializing in emerging markets, completed the latest in its series of 'State of Subsea' expert events on October 2nd at the world-renowned ToT Academy in Bangkok, Thailand.

The event was the third in the 'State of Subsea' expert event series that APTelecom, and marked the first time that a 'State of Subsea' event was hosted outside of the United States. Co-hosted alongside exclusive 'State of Subsea' partners Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC), Telecom Review North America, as well as SubTel Forum, 'State of Subsea' Bangkok drew hundreds of people from over 30 countries that attended either in-person or via streaming video at the official 'State of Subsea' website.

Similar to previous 'State of Subsea' events, the Bangkok event brought together an eclectic mix of executives, influencers, and leaders from all walks of the submarine cable and telecom industry to address the latest trends, and share expert insights and knowledge on the future of the industry. The event was emceed by Telecom Review North America Editor-in-Chief Jeff Seal, and was highlighted by special breakout panels with industry experts, moderated Q&A sessions, informational exchanges, roundtable discussions on emerging global economic market trends, and more.

Special guests included: Fabrizio Civitarese, President Asia Pacific, Global Cloud Xchange; Andy McLean, CEO, TransIndonesia Network; John Hibbard, CEO, Hibbard Consulting; Paul Blanche-Horgan, CEO, Ezecom; Artur Mendes, Commercial Director, Angola Cables; Sam Johnston, Director of Cloud and IT Services, Equinix; Dominic Arena, AEC Advisory; and others.

"We were thrilled to participate in the first 'State of Subsea' event in Asia," said Andy McLean, CEO of TransIndonesia Network and guest speaker at 'State of Subsea' Bangkok. "The insights, knowledge and connections that we were able to gain as a result of the event have given us an inside track into the submarine cable community on a global scale that simply only the 'State of Subsea' can provide."

Additionally, a $2,500 USD check was presented on behalf of APTelecom and 'State of Subsea' to Friends- International, whose mission is to save lives and build futures of the most marginalized children and young people across Southeast Asia.

"On behalf of Friends-International we'd like to thank APTelecom, their partners, and all of those who participated in 'State of Subsea' Bangkok for their generosity," said Tim Tempany, Technical Advisor at Friends-International. "This donation will provide many marginalized young people in Bangkok with access to services and opportunities that will bring them back into society and enable them to live functional and productive lives."

Those who were not able to join in person are invited to view an archived video broadcast of the event via streaming video at APTelecom's official YouTube channel. The official photo album of the event can be viewed at APTelecom's Facebook page, and the full agenda and presentation from 'State of Subsea' Bangkok is available for download at the 'State of Subsea' website.

For more information on APTelecom please visit their newly launched website at www.APTelecom.com, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

KVH Wins Two Prestigious Product Awards

TracPhone V3-IP satellite communications antenna system and TracVision TV1 satellite TV antenna system both recognized with 2014 product awards. KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) is pleased to announce it has been recognized for outstanding marine electronics products in two satellite antenna categories. KVH’s TracPhone V3-IP received the National Marine Electronics Association’s (NMEA) 2014 Product Award in the satellite communications antenna category, and the TracVision TV1 received the NMEA 2014 Product Award in the satellite TV antenna category. This is the 17th consecutive year that KVH has achieved the NMEA distinction for its satellite communications or television systems and in most years, as is the case this year, has been recognized for both. NMEA is an industry group made up of more than 600 companies, including manufacturers, dealers, and boat builders.

“Winning a NMEA award is especially meaningful because the recognition comes from skilled professionals who have firsthand experience with the installation and performance of our products, as well as those of our competitors,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer. “They work with our TracVision and TracPhone systems every day, and we consider their recognition as the highest honor.”

The 37 cm (14.5 inch) diameter TracPhone V3-IP is an extremely compact Ku-band VSAT antenna that operates on KVH’s worldwide mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network. KVH’s network utilizes spread spectrum technology and it is this underlying technology that economically enables data connections up to 2 Mbps while utilizing the TracPhone V3-IP on boats as small as 30 feet. The compact size of the TracPhone V3-IP is a factor that customers cite in their choice of the system and is a contributing factor to the overall success of the TracPhone V-IP series and mini-VSAT Broadband service. According to a recent industry report by Euroconsult, the mini-VSAT Broadband service is the market-share leader in maritime VSAT.

“More and more of our customers are seeing the advantage of having a satellite Internet and phone system on their boats, and the TracPhone V3-IP is always a favorite choice,” says C.J. Webber, chief executive officer of Atlantic Radio Telephone, a leading marine electronics dealer based in Miami, FL. “The V3-IP’s compact size, reliable performance, and extremely affordable airtime rates make it a great value even for a small boat. Plus, our customers are finding that they can spend more time on the water if they can have Internet access on the boat the whole time.”

The TracVision TV1, which was introduced earlier this year, is an ultra-compact marine satellite TV system ideal for smaller boats and coastal cruising. With a 32 cm (12.5 inch) antenna, the TV1 makes it possible for boaters to enjoy their favorite high-definition television programming while spending time on the water. The TV1 system includes an IP-enabled TV-Hub that enables easy setup and operation, and makes it possible to access system information from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

“KVH’s new TracVision TV1 has been a winner with our customers, who see TracVision as the only choice for satellite TV on their boats,” says John Filippelli, owner-operator of JFI Marine Electronics, a leading marine electronics dealer based in St. Clair Shores, MI. “What’s particularly appealing about TV1 is its small size and top performance. Plus, with its single-cable design, it is a perfect retrofit item that’s easy to install. In a very short time, our customers can be watching their favorite TV show while relaxing on their boat after a day of fishing or cruising.” 

MCP to transform mobile communication on Norwegian Continental Shelf with 4G rollout

Maritime Communication Partner (MCP) has today announced plans to rollout a LTE (4G) network on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The move will create a high-speed, reliable and fully integrated communications environment, providing offshore workers and businesses with levels of connectivity comparable to those they enjoy on land.

MCP, an established leader in delivering mobile communication solutions at sea, already operates on the NCS with a GSM service, providing seamless phone and internet access for offshore companies such as DeepOcean, Subsea7 and Gulf Offshore. The move to LTE, enabled by the firm’s successful acquisition of the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority’s 800Mhz licence on August 18th, will greatly enhance speed and reach, connecting platforms, rigs and vessels on the NCS with advanced 4G services.

“LTE has the potential to create a new mobile communications reality on the NCS,” comments MCP CEO Frode Støldal, who joined the firm in August from Telenor Norway, where he was CTO. “Our high-speed, ‘always on’ network will reach the very remotest parts of all operating oilfields, connecting NCS assets and allowing them to communicate and transfer data at competitive rates, with impeccable coverage.

“Closed networks can be established for business critical communication, while open networks will allow NCS workers to enjoy similar digital lifestyles to those they value so much on land. The impact on business potential and personal quality of life will be significant.”

MCP will begin LTE rollout in 2015, giving it a portfolio of proprietary high-speed networks on 800Mhz and 900Mhz frequencies and consolidating its position as the only full-service mobile solutions provider covering the NCS. It is currently planning the installation of 4G base stations across the territory, facilitating high capacity networks close to installations and activity hubs, while reaching further afield with quality, real-time broadband services.

“MCP and its parent Telenor view offshore as a new greenfield,” Støldal stresses, adding that there are few remaining, genuine mobile ‘greenfields’ left. “That has guided our decision to invest in spectrums and infrastructure, as we look to usher in a new age of connectivity at sea.”

He continues: “We believe this is of fundamental importance to the offshore community, enabling not just better communication, but a more sustainable future for the industry. Digital connections facilitate greater efficiencies, speed and accuracy for modern businesses, and this leads to process improvements and enhanced performance.”

MCP has a 12-year history of delivering advanced mobile solutions to maritime customers, with a leading position in the cruise and ferry markets and a growing share of the emerging offshore segment. The firm’s CellAtSea network offers unbeatable global coverage within the industry (with more than 330 international roaming agreements in place), connecting some 16million users last year and supporting explosive growth in data traffic (up 105% year-on-year in 2013). This expertise, Støldal concludes, is key to providing customers with the services they want.

“We understand customer needs and technological potential,” he states, “That’s been the bedrock of our success so far. With Telenor’s backing, and our team’s proven industry track record, we aim to leverage that know-how to unlock new opportunities on the NCS, providing long-term solutions and quality of service for everyone working in this dynamic offshore environment.”

Divex to Supply US Navy with State-of-the-Art Diver Communications System

Divex has been awarded a contract to supply the US Navy with their state-of-the-art diver communications system the HeliCom™ Matrix.

Divex, a subsidiary of James Fisher and Sons plc and a world leader in commercial and defence diving products, has received the order from the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) through American partner, Chase Supply Inc.

To be used at their deep trials and training facility in Panama City, Florida, the HeliCom™ Matrix is a fully digital diver communication system that provides communications for the chamber complex and wet test chamber. The client required a system where they could communicate with all personnel from one central system and were impressed with the large, easy to use, touch screen interface and how it could be tailored to suit their system.

Launched in 2010, the HeliCom™ Matrix is the first of its type; a helium speech unscrambling communication system which retains all of the original voice pattern to ensure clear, concise and intelligible communication is provided for divers operating in extreme depths and conditions. With improved speech intelligibility comes improved safety for the divers and this was a major contributing factor during the design phase.

Saturation divers use helium as the major component of the special breathing-gas mixture called heliox (a mixture of helium and oxygen). One of the disadvantages of helium is the "Donald Duck" effect on the voice which complicates the communication process. Early helium speech unscramblers created a lot of distortion which made it difficult for reliable diver communication.

The HeliCom™ Matrix achieves superior, crystal-clear diver helium voice communication through advanced DSP (digital signal processing) helium speech decoding techniques. The helium speech from the pressurised divers and the chamber occupants are mixed in an audio mixer before decoding to the selected gas and environmental settings by a digital signal processing circuit (DSP). This has been the key element of HeliCom™’s success – the clarity of speech irrespective of the depth the diver is working.

HeliCom™ Matrix is a step forward over existing implementations because of the incorporation of precise modelling of the translations introduced by the Heliox mixture on the human voice including both pitch and envelope distortion. It has a high speech intelligibility level score, averaging 97% during modified rhyme tests at depths of up to 350 metres depth – it is unrivalled in the field.

The HeliCom™ Matrix also offers automatic unscrambling which is unique to the Divex system. This removes the need for user interaction to control the depth at which the unscrambler is operating, providing greater accuracy and ease of use.

Divex MD, Derek Clarke comments: “With the US Navy considered to be at the pinnacle of diving technology this win is very significant as it endorses the unique benefits HeliCom™ brings to diver safety and comprehension of voice communications which are key to diving operations.”

The Divex HeliCom™ Matrix was first installed in 2011 onboard the DSV Skandi Singapore where it continues to operate successfully with no issues or failures reported. The HeliCom™ Matrix is also to be installed onboard BP’s new Caspian Sea Subsea Construction Vessel, for which Divex have been awarded a multi million pound contract to provide a 300 metre depth, 18 man twin bell saturation diving system .

For more information on the HeliCom™ Matrix please visit: www.divexglobal.com

Cobham Ready to Set Sail with Volvo Ocean Race

Amsterdam, IBC 2014, 12-16 September, Stand 1.F41 – Cobham, the RF specialist company, has announced that broadcast transmitters and receiver/decoder technology will be deployed to support television coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, the world's premier round-the-world offshore race, which begins in Alicante, Spain on 4 October.

In just over nine months of racing, seven boats and their respective crew will circumnavigate the globe in the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65, covering 38,739 nautical miles while stopping over in 11 ports including a pit-stop in The Hague, finishing with an in-port race in Gothenburg, Sweden on 27 June, 2015.

Endurance and technical skill are synonymous with the Volvo Ocean Race and the technology deployed to support it must be equally resilient. Each of the Volvo Ocean 65 racing boats, plus chase craft and helicopters will be equipped with Cobham’s Solo H.264 transmitters to provide live HD video to a media compound established at each Volvo Ocean Race port of call.

In the media compound a combination of Cobham receive systems and IP Mesh networks will receive the transmissions from the on-board systems and remote cameras deployed around the village and be sent to a production centre where it will be edited and distributed across all platforms to the public. Visitors in each Race Village and on VIP boats will get live, close up views of the action as it happens offshore. The

IP Mesh Systems will also be used throughout the site for private IP (Ethernet) connectivity.

Cobham’s IP Mesh System employs COFDM modulation, utilising narrowband video compression technology to transmit high quality video over the mesh network. Up to 16 nodes can be combined on a single frequency into the network, which is part of Cobham's fluid, self-forming, self-healing mesh system. Offering genuine non-line of sight coverage, the system is truly mobile and therefore supplies the network with extended range that can reliably deliver in environments far beyond the scope of other radio solutions.

Unlike other wireless options, Cobham’s IP Mesh constantly readjusts itself, which means that the nodes can be moved to greater extend the range of coverage. Also if the signal is lost on one node, the others will automatically readjust to re-establish the connection without loss of signal.

At the receiving end, Cobham’s PRORX receive systems are the only true eight-way diversity receivers for the market designed to work with the H.264 transmitters. Designed specifically for demanding applications, the PRORX ensures that video is recovered free from fading and multipath interference.

Cobham Business Development Director-Video, Andrew Tilbury said, "The Volvo Ocean Race is renowned for being an extremely challenging test for race crews, support staff and the boats. Although our standard build quality is already more than up to tohe task, we nevertheless undertook rigorous in-house testing for splash-proofing and ambient temperature range suitability, coupled with additional testing in recent ocean race environments, which confirmed that our Mesh and other transmission/receive technologies are fully ready for land, sea or air.

AAG Upgrades Trans-Pacific Submarine Cable Network with Ciena

Programmable GeoMesh solution increases network capacity and seamlessly upgrades 20,000 km cable route connecting Southeast Asia to the United States

The Asia America Gateway (AAG) consortium recently selected Ciena® (NYSE:CIEN) for a 100G expansion to significantly enhance its trans-Pacific cable network to address the growing demand for anywhere, anytime broadband access. Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions will add multi-terabit data capacity, and enable AAG’s network to reliably meet the demands of on-demand data networking services and traffic growth driven by mobile applications, high-definition video and cloud computing.

Key Facts:

• AAG is a 20,000 km submarine communications cable system, connecting Southeast Asia with the U.S. mainland, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii. It provides connectivity between Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR, Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast.

• The AAG submarine cable system was designed to serve as an alternative connectivity and as a complementary solution for links between Southeast Asia to the United States. The AAG cable system offers a more secure and diversified route that avoids the hazardous Pacific Ring, thus mitigating the effects from natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis. AAG is also known as the first direct Terabit submarine cable system that offers competitive latency between Southeast Asia and the United States.

• The AAG consortium will deploy Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogic coherent optics with Flexible Grid technology, to maximize ultimate capacity and provide greater return on investment of its subsea cable assets. With Ciena’s plug-and-play programmable network elements and 100G coherent technology, the AAG consortium is able to cost-effectively extend the lifetime lifespan of its network by increasing the ultimate cable capacity by as much as three times the original design capacity in some segments.

• In addition, Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System together with the integrated test set capabilities of WaveLogic will provide the operators of AAG end-to-end network management and visibility for early detection, diagnosis, and prioritization of any faults, ensuring that the operators of AAG can resolve issues proactively and maintain network availability.

• These network platforms lay the foundation for an OPⁿ® architecture that allows the operators of AAG to easily adapt to changing network demands, deliver simplified network operations, and lower their operating and maintenance costs.

• Ciena is also providing installation and commissioning via its Specialist Services portfolio as part of this turnkey project.

Executive Comments:

• “The AAG system provides critical connectivity between multiple countries in Asia and the United States, so it is critical that our network is highly reliable and capable of supporting our evolving needs. Ciena’s packet-optical and unified management solutions allow us to cost-effectively transform our infrastructure to a scalable, flexible and programmable network to support the high-bandwidth applications that our customers demand.” - Mohamad Izani Karim, Management Committee Chairman, AAG

• “Content-driven capacity demand within Asia and on trans-Pacific routes is forecast to grow at a 33 percent compound annual growth rate – or an increase of more than five times – between 2014 and 2020. By upgrading with Ciena, submarine network operators like AAG can both seamlessly scale their networks to address those needs while also providing an intelligent and on-demand end-user experience.” - Ed McCormack, Vice President and General Manager of Submarine Systems, Ciena

A Multinational Project to Build a New Underwater Cable Uniting Latin America and the U.S.

Algar Telecom (Brazil), Angola Cables (Angola), Antel (Uruguay) and Google announced plans to build a new undersea fiber-optic cable connecting the key cities of Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil with Boca Raton, Florida in the United States. TE Connectivity SubCom is the selected provider for the project.

This investment is part of a joint effort to help build the fabric of the Internet to sustain the current needs of Internet users in the Latin American region and to prepare for increased demands in the future. Currently, Latin America has a connected population of almost 300 million people and has become one of the fastest growing regions in the world in terms of Internet penetration. In addition, with the increasing deployment of LTE networks and fiber-optic network access, as well as the offer of high-quality contents (HD/4K) and cloud-based services, there is an ever growing demand for capacity access to data centers and the Internet globally.

The new route will be 10,556 km (6,560 miles) long and have six fiber pairs. According to estimations, it will increase the overall bandwidth of existing subsea cable systems by 64 Tbps (Terabits per second) of capacity. The cable will be built and operated by these four leading companies. The contract comes into effect today and the construction is expected to begin immediately and is planned to be completed by the end of 2016.

Supply Contract for the Hong Kong Extension of the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 Submarine Cable System comes into force

The consortium behind the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system project – connecting Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and Europe – have signed a supply contract with NEC Corporation for the S1H segment, representing the Thailand-to-Vietnam-and-Hong Kong section of the network. The supply contract has come into force as of October 8, 2014.

This milestone announcement follows awards to a contractor for the AAE-1 S1S and S2 segments, and signals major progress in linking the major cities of Asia, Africa and Europe.

Stretching approximately 25,000 km, AAE-1 is scheduled to be ready for service in 2016 as the first high-capacity intercontinental submarine cable to pass through the Songkhla and Satun provinces of southern Thailand. In fact, AAE-1 will be the first high-capacity cable system to link all major South East Asian nations to Africa and Europe via the Middle East.

Serving unprecedented growth in Asia-Africa trade – as well as the booming markets of Vietnam and neighbouring countries – this new cable system will deliver robust, reliable and low-latency connectivity. It will also provide desperately-needed diversity for the congested subsea systems currently connecting countries along the route.

NEC holds a wealth of experience in submarine cable projects throughout the Asia Pacific region, and provides best-in-class system component design, compatible with the overall AAE-1 system architecture.

The consortium will work with NEC to ensure AAE-1's Thailand-Hong Kong segment is ready for service (RFS) at the same time as the Europe-Asia segment. This is yet further demonstration of a commitment to providing superior connectivity on the Europe-Middle East-Asia route, with increased diversity of connectivity to major telecoms hubs in Hong Kong via a terrestrial link across Thailand.

Overall project progress is on schedule, with implementation works underway for the Europe-Asia segment – following award of a supply contract earlier in the year – together with marine survey activity in the Middle East and Mediterranean.

AAE-1 will employ 100 Gbps technology, with wavelength add/drop branching units along the lowest-latency route, as well as cross-sectional capacity to a minimum of 80x100 Gbps in each trunk fiber pair. This collaborative venture will produce the largest cable system on this route throughout Points of Presence (PoPs) in Hong Kong, mainland China and Singapore, as well as a number of diverse onward-connectivity options in Europe, such as France, Italy and Greece.

When completed in 2016, the AAE-1 cable network will connect Hong Kong (SAR of China), Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France, with other locations under consideration.

AAE-1 Management Committee Chairman, Troy Li said: "We are proud to be part of a cable system initiative that will provide additional empowerment for the economies of all the nations along its route. The project will also serve consortium members' business interests in the Asia-Africa trade corridor and their plans to deliver services into Africa and on to the Middle East. Another good reason for pursuing this game-changing venture is that infrastructure is becoming critical to the accelerating evolution of global data movement."

NEC's Naoki Yoshida, General Manager of the Submarine Network Division, said: "NEC is very proud to have been selected as supplier for the Hong Kong extension of the AAE-1 submarine cable. We believe our latest 100 Gbps transmission and OADM technologies have once again been recognized, together with our solid track record in the South East Asia region."

He added: "Backed by more than 40 years of experience in constructing some 200,000 kilometers of submarine cable infrastructure, this advanced system enables NEC to capitalize on its expertise and contribute to worldwide communications. NEC is impressed by the level of commitment from members of the AAE-1 consortium. Similarly, we are committed to our role in the project, which we will demonstrate by delivering best-in-class system design and implementation, ready for service in 2016. NEC will work closely with various AAE-1 parties, and mobilize all resources necessary to support the project as a priority."

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