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GVF Announces Launch of 'Glossary' of Maritime Communications


Lexicon of Communications Terminology to be applied to Communications Solution Provider & Solutions User Dialogues

LONDON - During the Informa VSAT 2014 conference in London today, the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) announced the launch of its Maritime SatCom Forum (MSF) ‘Glossary’. The document, earlier iterations of which were developed by the Maritime SatCom Forum Working Group of the GVF, has been further developed by the joint-chairs of the MSF, Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development, GVF, and Roger Adamson, Chief Executive, Futurenautics.

“The ‘Glossary’ comprises a highly comprehensive A to Z of the terminology used on a daily basis by the satellite communications industry in its dialogues with one of its key customer vertical markets” commented Martin Jarrold. Mr Jarrold further remarked that having a working group, such as the MSF, which is focused on the maritime space, is a reflection of the fact that “The technology of communications and the exchange of information it facilitates has undergone a highly-accelerated development, and with such advanced communications the maritime communications service environment has now progressed fully into the broadband age. Against this evolving technology and service backdrop, the MSF has built a strong relationship with InterManager – the international association of ship managers – the Secretary General of which, Captain Kuba Szymanski, has been a constant and forthright advocate of the ‘Glossary’.”

Roger Adamson added that “The development of the ‘Glossary’ was driven by requests from the maritime customer marketplace for a detailed explanation and elaboration of the terminology commonly used by satellite communications solutions vendors, and this document will serve to improve the quality and effectiveness of discussions at the interface of the solutions seller and the solutions buyer.”

Martin Jarrold further commented, “Roger Adamson has previously collaborated with GVF in connection with the GVF-EMP Conference Partnership Broadband Maritime/Maritime Insights Conference Series and brings a wealth of maritime-related experience, as well as background knowledge of satellite communications in the maritime space.”

Following the launch of the ‘Glossary’ during today’s conference proceedings, the GVF, in collaboration with InterManager and Futurenautics, will engage in a continuing programme to disseminate the ‘Glossary’ as a key resource to enhance the future dialogues between the satellite solutions community and the maritime solutions customer environment.

Commented Captain Szymanski: “The shipping industry needs more standardisation and I am delighted to see this joint project completed. Our new ‘Glossary’ shows that it is possible to identify and agree on terms to make the industry understandable for all stake holders, with special attention to seafarers who are, ultimately, the end users.”

View the GVF MSF's Newly Released Maritime Glossary of Terms

DONG Energy Concludes Another Framework Agreement for Offshore Array Cables with Nexans

Potential delivery of up to 1,750 kilometres of array cables agreed for offshore wind farm projects

DONG Energy in Denmark and Nexans signed on July 1, 2014 a new framework agreement for the delivery of up to 1,750 kilometres of submarine cables for wind farms off the British coast. The cables will be used for connecting turbines to each other and to the offshore transformer platforms. The framework agreement runs until the end of 2020 and can be extended by two years. The Danish energy company also has the option of expanding the scope of services to include the delivery and installation of cable accessories.

DONG Energy has already equipped a number of large-scale wind farms with Nexans cables, including among others West of Duddon Sands and Westermost Rough in the UK and Borkum Riffgrund and Gode Wind 1-2 in Germany.

“Our ongoing business relationship with DONG Energy is a testimony to our expertise in the area of offshore cables”, said Christof Barklage, CEO of Nexans Deutschland, at the signing of the contract. “Concluding an agreement of this magnitude also provides a solid basis for the growth of our offshore cable business here in our Hanover plant”, he added, stressing the significance of this contract for the site.

United Arab Shipping Company Selects Wavecall™ Plus VSAT for 17 Newbuild Container Ships

Advanced ship design and on board tech require the most reliable VSAT connectivity in the market

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has selected WaveCall™ Plus VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services from Marlink to provide reliable connectivity for its new build fleet of 17 advanced container ships, first vessel due for delivery by the end of 2014. All 17 new container ships – eleven 14,000 TEU (twenty feet equivalent units) and six 18,000 TEU – are designed to embrace 'smart shipping' in order to reduce fuel use and environmental impact. UASC is deploying various technology solutions to support this, including a web-based fleet management system and electronic document handling systems, in addition to enhancing its crew welfare offering.

Wavecall™ Plus, the global connectivity solution, seamlessly combining Ku-band VSAT with L-band, ensures that these systems can provide the data and decision support needed to maximise both vessel and fleet efficiency whilst improving crew services to stay in touch with family and friends on the phone, by email or other online applications. WaveCall™ Plus is one of the innovations that have come out of the AuroraGlobal multi-band satellite communications portfolio ensuring UASC with the most stable connectivity which is also future proof for High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services when available. "Our new vessels will be the most environmental friendly ships in the industry," said Mr. Mohamed Zaitoun, Assistant Vice President New Building Techincal Projects, UASC.

"WaveCall™ Plus will provide the IP backbone for the technology and processes UASC is using to revolutionise the way it operates," said Oznur ECE, Account Manager, Marlink. "Optimal vessel can produce cost saving whilst the environmental benefits of consuming considerably for themselves. WaveCall™ Plus will also support the company's green credentials, positioning it as a quality service provider in the heavily regulated and highly competitive container ship market."

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. 

Emerging Markets Communications to Exhibit at SMM Hamburg Maritime Tradeshow in Germany

-EMC to showcase maritime communications solutions at leading international show for the industry-

September 4, 2014- Global satellite (VSAT) communications solutions provider Emerging Markets Communications announced today that it will be exhibiting at one of the largest maritime trade fairs in the world, SMM Hamburg in Germany on September 9-12, 2014. Over 50,000 attendees and 2,100 exhibitors are expected to participate in this event, designed to build relationships with targeted representatives from all aspects of the maritime and shipping industry. Delegates attend each year with a focus on learning about the top trends, technologies and business opportunities, providing an excellent forum for exhibitors to showcase their latest and greatest innovations or business practices.

EMC’s booth will be located in Hall B7, location 212. The company is also the sole sponsor of the Press Reception being held in the U.S. Pavilion (Hall B7) on Tuesday, September 9th at 5:00 pm. This reception is open to all press attending SMM and gives editors and publishers the opportunity to learn about the companies in attendance as well as connects exhibiting companies with appropriate contacts at publications best suited for their advertising and feature article submission efforts.

“SMM Hamburg attracts customers and partners that are interested in learning about advancements in maritime communications solutions, said Jesus Barber,” Sr. Vice President of Maritime and Mobility. “During this event we will be showcasing our recent investments in satellite capacity, technology and crew-welfare services for the maritime industry.”

EMC provides satellite communications to various sub-verticals of the Maritime industry including commercial and cargo ships, offshore support vessels, oil and gas rigs, ferries and super-yachts. Leveraging both a global Ku-Band and C-Band network, EMC offers maritime communications worldwide with a regional focus in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, West Africa, Brazil and Asia Pacific. Value-added services for crew welfare include WiFi, VoIP, Video-on-Demand, and Doctor-on-Board.

To schedule a meeting with an EMC representative about offshore requirements or needs for your company, please contact or +1 305 539 1358 x 2288. 

Marlink VSAT for 75 New Scorpio Tankers and Bulkers

Follow-up contract for WaveCall Ku-band VSAT with L-band back-up and future HTS migration

SMM, Hamburg, 9th September 2014 – Scorpio Ship Management (SSM) has chosen Marlink’s WaveCall VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services for 75 newbuild tankers and bulkers to be delivered throughout 2015 and 2016. Following a separate contract in 2013 to provide VSAT services for 46 newbuildings and upgrading of the existing 27 vessels, this new contract adds into a total of 148 SSM managed vessels that will operate using WaveCall Plus services.

Marlink was selected for the original 46 newbuildings and existing fleet upgrade in a competitive bidding process, with WaveCall winning due to its exceptional quality of service during testing. Happy with the performance offered by WaveCall, based on 512kbps uplink and 256kbps downlink, SSM has selected the same service parameters for its 75 new vessels. Each vessel is being fitted with a 1 metre Ku/Ka-band convertible antenna, L-band back-up, and Iridium handheld with external antenna for security and anti-piracy applications. WaveCall is the first maritime innovation from the AuroraGlobal multi-band portfolio, providing Scorpio with the most stable connectivity and future proof service, also offering HTS satellites when available.

“Quality of Service has been the most important factor in SSM selecting WaveCall. We have been able to prove in the field that guaranteed data rate is far more important in actually getting data to a vessel than advertised maximum speeds,” said Alain Laplace-Toulouse, Area Sales Manager, Marlink. “Our quality of service is backed up by our support offering. Not only can we act fast through our Global Field Service Alliance anywhere in the world, but in addition SSM has a dedicated manager at Marlink to monitor services daily, in order to take pro-active action if needed.”

Marlink’s Quality of Service and Support is matched by a high performing IT organisation in SSM. Marlink’s service provides the bandwidth that SSM IT staff need to remotely manage SSM vessels from shore, ensuring their ability to increase safety and efficiency across the entire fleet. In addition WaveCall Plus will enhance the free internet services provided to the crew on SSM managed vessels by adding more bandwidth for crew to use.

Delivery of WaveCall VSAT for the first 46 SSM newbuild vessels is proceeding as planned, with 30 installations already completed and ready for service as of end of August.

Founded in 1971, SSM is an integrated ship management company located in Monaco with affiliates in Mumbai and Houston.

Globalstar Releases the 9600, World's Smallest Satellite Data Hotspot

Allows users to affordably connect smartphones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices from beyond cellular for data services

Covington, LA , September 04 2014- Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) has released its newest data solution, the Globalstar 9600™, meeting satellite phone owners’ demands for fast and dependable communications when off the grid. With the 9600, Globalstar customers can now use a convenient app to seamlessly pair their existing satellite phone and smartphone to send and receive email over the world’s most modern satellite network. This affordable data hotspot is ideal for remote workforces in industries including energy and construction to communicate via email, send status reports, download local weather and send pictures. Marine customers will also benefit from the ease of use and the ability to affordably use data from beyond cellular.

“The 9600 will allow current and future Globalstar satellite phone customers to become even more efficient and tap into the power of our unsurpassed MSS data speeds,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “Our partners and customers in various sectors will find great value in the 9600, enabling them to get more accomplished while outside the range of cellular.”

With an MSRP of $149.99, the 9600 is designed to work with the following Globalstar products: GSP-1700 and GSP 1600 mobile satellite phones, as well as the GSP-2900 fixed phone system. Up to eight users with Wi-Fi enabled devices can remain connected to the router. To maximize efficiency, their devices can then seamlessly access the Globalstar network to send and receive email and make updates to social media.

Globalstar 9600 Key Features Include:

  • Portability – Smallest and lightest on the market, weighing only 2 ounces
  • Power – Rechargeable battery with up to four hours of usage on a single charge; 36 hours on standby
  • Productivity – With data speeds 4x faster than the competition, the 9600 enables you to send more data in less time
  • Affordable – No additional service costs, uses your existing Globalstar airtime plan minutes
  • Robust – Send email, photos and other attachments when beyond cellular, or make updates to your social media accounts

The 9600 was developed for Globalstar in partnership with RedPort Global, leaders in advancing satellite data speeds and services. For more information about the 9600, coverage and a list of authorized Globalstar dealers, visit

Imtech Marine Nav/Com partner for Ship owner Groen

End of July the first newbuild ship for Ship owner Groen (Scheveningen), ‘7-Oceans’ was delivered at Damen Maaskant Shipyards in Stellendam, the Netherlands. The 7-Oceans is the first in a series of offshore support vessels. Imtech Marine Netherlands provides all navigation and communication equipment, under the re-introduced Radio Holland brand.

Imtech Marine Netherlands already takes care of the maintenance of the navigation and communication equipment of the fleet of Ship owner Groen for many years now via a shore base maintenance contract. Groen is specialised in security, support and service activities mainly for the offshore oil and gas industry. The company operates worldwide and now brings three new offshore support vessels into service. Next to the 7-Oceans it concerns the 7-Waves and the 7-Stars, which will both be delivered this year.

Satellite communication

‘Good navigation and communication equipment is essential for these support and survey ships’, says Imtech Marine’s sales manager Wim Telman. ‘Especially because these ships also sail in the A4 area, and therefore they must be ready to be operational worldwide at all times. We work with renowned brands such as Furuno and Sailor and have the expertise, because of our many years of experience in the maritime industry, to tune the systems exactly to the operational requirements. Next to the navigation package (e.g. ECDIS and Radar) we take care of the infrastructure on board with internal communication facilities and VSAT with an optimal up and download speed.’

Remote Service

Telman: ‘The Nav/Com equipment is largely connected via an IP-network, and remotely monitored via our Remote Service Centers (GTAC-Global Technical Assistance Centers). The big advantage is that we can provide service remotely and preventively, which is very cost efficient. Next to that we can spot possible problems at an early stage and also make sure that the necessary spare parts are ready and waiting in the next port of destination. Imtech Marine now has about 100 service stations along the most important shipping routes. Furthermore, the ship owner can also monitor the systems remotely. This way, our customer is always ahead of the situation and ready to act if necessary.’

Radio Holland is back

At the exhibition SMM Hamburg, Imtech Marine re-introduces the name Radio Holland as ‘solution brand’ for Service and Nav/Com solutions. Wim Telman: ‘We learned that Radio Holland still is a trusted, strong name in the shipping industry, valued by our relations. That’s why we decided to bring the name back for Service and Nav/Com. Our trading name will remain Imtech Marine, but the trusted Radio Holland name is back and we are happy with that.’

Nautronix Commission Largest NASDive Digital Diver Communications System

Leading provider of through water communication and positioning technology to the offshore industry, Nautronix, have commissioned the largest NASDive digital diver communications system for GDA, who were working on an upgrade of the communication system on-board Submarine Rescue Vessel, the MV Belos for the Swedish Navy.

The vessel provides support for the Swedish Navy, and is fitted with hyperbaric chambers to facilitate rescue of submariners in the event of an incident. It was recently on an exercise with the NATO Submarine Rescue system. Following that exercise the chamber system upgrade took place, and included a full upgrade of the chamber communications system to NASDive. This involved communications to 8 individual locations in each of 4 chambers, 2 further locations in each of 5 locks and transfer chambers plus an additional 9 external communications locations, making an impressive total of 51 individual locations.

NASDive is unique in digitising all speech at source, as a result of which the many problems associated with signal losses in cabling and connectors are eliminated, resulting in clear communications at all times, and along with improved unscramble algorithms and helium speech unscrambling, which are available for each communications location. System cabling is also simplified by the use of CAT5 cabling to each location, or if unavailable VDSL on screen twisted pairs would be used, both of which allow standard telecoms hardware to be utilised topside. Ethernet hubs are used to marshal the signals, and control of the system is provided via a touch screen Display and Control Unit (DCU). The dive supervisor has full control over all communication locations, and can manage the system by configuring any location into one or a number of groups, each of which the supervisor can select whether he is talking and/or listening to. Wireless supervisor headsets free up the supervisors movements to facilitate the other tasks he is responsible for, while each communication location has local control over microphone and headset volumes, and sideband levels, thus minimising the supervisors ‘housekeeping’ activities.

The system was delivered 18 weeks from order following a full client witnessed FAT at Nautronix premises, and installed by the client, with final commissioning by 2 Nautronix engineers over a 4 day period 2 weeks later. The Belos installation has shown the power and flexibility of NASDive to facilitate high quality communications with a large number of locations, and be easily retrofitted to existing chamber systems.

Mark Patterson, CEO for Nautronix, says “We are delighted to have supplied NASDive to GDA for the Swedish Navy and it is a significant order for Nautronix. We have recently focussed on the development of NASDive and invested £1 million to refresh our diver communications product line which shows our commitment to the product and for the Swedish Navy to be using the system on one of their vessels is a testament to the advantages it offers to divers.”

SAT-3/WASC/SAFE Consortium and Alcatel-Lucent Complete Upgrade of Cable System Linking Europe to the West Coast of Africa

Increased speeds boost ability of 14,350km cable system to meet growing demand for broadband services and connectivity.

Paris, September 01, 2014

SAT-3/WASC/SAFE Parties and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) have completed the fourth upgrade of the SAT-3/WASC undersea cable system, which went live during the first half of 2014. This latest upgrade has doubled the current system capacity, further positioning SAT-3/WASC as a leading submarine cable facility on the Sub-Saharan African coastline.

Operating at 40 gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) and with full in-system protection, the system offers one of the lowest latency routes from Africa to Europe with connectivity between Europe, West Coast of Africa and Southern Africa with landings in South Africa, Angola, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Spain and Portugal. The SAT-3/WASC cable system was upgraded from 420 Gbit/s to 920 Gbit/s in the northern segments, north of Ghana, and from 340 Gbit/s to 800Gbit/s in the southern segments. Overall, this fourth upgrade enables a sevenfold increase in SAT-3/WASC’s original design capacity through the use of Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced coherent technology.

Furthermore, SAFE provides the shortest route and therefore lowest latency between Southern Africa and Asia with connectivity via South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion, India and Malaysia. With sixteen landing points spread between Europe, Africa and Asia, the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE cables provide access to global markets and footprint, offering to customers' seamless and diverse connectivity to the rest of the world.

Johan Meyer, Management Committee Chairman of SAT-3/WASC/SAFE consortium said: “SAT-3/WASC/SAFE has a proven track record backed by 12 years of operational experience and sound financial stability, allowing for further cable upgrades and optimum network performance, both regionally and globally. The additional capacity available with the fourth upgrade will contribute significantly in meeting the ongoing demand in the markets served by SAT3/WASC/SAFE.”

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “Carriers, service providers, multimedia and content providers all are expanding their networks to support Internet and data center applications, while protecting their existing investments. Alcatel-Lucent’s unique submarine solution delivers ease of upgrade and scalability to multi-terabit capacity, offering a staged migration combining technological and economic benefits. This upgrade allows quicker service turn-up to meet customers’ expectations for anywhere, anytime access to broadband applications, storage and computing.”

For more information visit the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE website.

Orange Business Services Wins Strategic Satellite Communications Contract with Petroleum Industry Leader BW Offshore

$12 million contract covers communications between Oslo headquarters and 14 oil and gas production vessels to help BW Offshore implement “at sea” offices

BW Offshore, a leading global provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry, has signed a 5-year, $12 million contract with Orange Business Services for an end-to-end satellite communication solution for its fleet of highly-specialized oil and gas production vessels. With a fleet of 14 owned Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels and one Floating Storage and Offtake (FSO) vessel, BW Offshore is the world’s second largest contractor of floating production services.

Orange Business Services is providing Maritime VSAT – a fully managed end-to-end satellite-based communication solution – which fully integrates BW Offshore’s 14 vessels and two land-based locations into the Orange MPLS network. This solution offers BW Offshore personnel access to the exact same business applications, communication and entertainment services at sea as on land, no matter where the vessel is located. In addition, BW Offshore has agreed to invest in Session Internet Protocol (SIP) trunking - the use of voice over IP to facilitate the connection of a private branch exchange (PBX) to the Internet - to enable the implementation of unified communications for its 2,000 employees regardless of their location.

From an administration point of view, the solution is in many ways pioneering. For years, BW Offshore had multiple VSAT providers with different contracts, quality of service and SLAs. The communication solution from Orange Business Services connects the floating and land-based personnel seamlessly in an end-to-end network with the same high performance, quality of service and security.

“By choosing the satellite-based solution from Orange Business Services, we avoid many of the challenges we sometimes faced with a multiple provider strategy, like high latency on VSAT links and poor application performance on vessels at sea,” said Fritz Ekløff, Senior Vice President of Corporate IT at BW Offshore. “We wanted a single provider with end-to-end responsibility that could deliver service with predictable speed, quality and security. The solution is cost efficient and at the same time we get access to a wider portfolio of services than we had before.”

“With the Orange maritime service, BW Offshore embodies the concept of ‘office at sea,’” said Helmut Reisinger, senior vice president, Orange Business Services Europe, Russia & CIS. “As opposed to other VSAT providers, our satellite and land-based services are fully integrated. As a result, BW Offshore gets access to a secure, high-performing network from all sites, whether at sea or on land. By choosing an end-to-end solution, the company avoids using the public Internet which adds complexity and lowers overall control, quality and security. Orange Business Services supports BW Offshore with a unique blend of maritime and oil and gas industry expertise. In addition, Orange Business Services is the only global provider with its own local staff to install and support complex satellite networks all over the world, which is critical for a global company like BW Offshore.”

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Hawaiian Telcom Joins New Submarine Cable Consortium Linking Southeast Asia and US

Provides New Growth Opportunities and Secures Low Cost Network Capacity

HONOLULU, Aug. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc. (Nasdaq:HCOM), through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, Inc., has joined other international telecommunications companies to form the Southeast Asia – United States (SEA-US) consortium to build and operate a new trans-Pacific submarine cable system, connecting Indonesia, Philippines, Guam, Hawaiʻi and California by the end of 2016.

The SEA-US Trans-Pacific Submarine Cable System Route image is available at

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 is 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 now and 2020.

Answering this demand, the SEA-US submarine cable system will deliver a state-of-the-art 100 Gigabytes per second (Gbps) ultra-long haul system that will provide an initial 20 Terabytes per second (Tbps) of capacity over approximately 15,000 kilometers of fiber. As part of the consortium, Hawaiian Telcom will invest approximately $25 million over the multi-year construction period for a fractional ownership in the system.

The SEA-US system is 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.

"Hawaiian Telcom is proud to participate in this landmark project," said Eric K. Yeaman, Hawaiian Telcom's president and CEO. "Our investment in the SEA-US submarine cable system furthers our strategy to invest in our network and systems and provides us with a unique opportunity to participate in the growing demand for trans-Pacific bandwidth. The SEA-US system offers trans-Pacific bandwidth customers a new geographically diverse path that will enhance their networks' resiliency. The significant demand for this new capacity is evidenced by the strong indications of interest we have already received from carriers for purchasing such capacity."

Investing in the SEA-US system will also allow Hawaiian Telcom to efficiently meet its internal long-term trans-Pacific capacity needs, as demand for increased bandwidth continues to grow. Hawaiian Telcom is building a network to handle the requirements of its customers now and into the future.

"SEA-US enables us to cost-effectively meet our future bandwidth growth requirements and substantially lower our incremental cost of trans-Pacific IP transit capacity by participating as an owner and operator, rather than just a capacity purchaser," added Yeaman. "Our investment in this cable will provide the dual benefit of making valuable capacity available to our carriers and enterprise customers and supports our internal growth with faster and more technologically advanced connectivity."

Other SEA-US consortium members include P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Telkom USA, Globe Telecom, GTI Corporation, Teleguam Holdings, LLC (GTA), and RAM Telecom International (RTI). 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.

Northrop Grumman Wins US Navy CANES Shipboard Network

SAN DIEGO – Aug. 20, 2014 – The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) as one of five contractors for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) full deployment production contract to upgrade cybersecurity, command and control, communications and intelligence (C4I) systems across the fleet. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity multiple award contract has a potential value of $2.5 billion over eight years.

"Northrop Grumman is deeply committed to helping the Navy transform its afloat C4I computers and networks into a single integrated, cyber-protected computing network," said Sam Abbate, vice president and general manager, command and control division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "We look forward to continued collaboration with the Navy to deploy this crucial system to the fleet."

The CANES program eliminates many legacy, standalone networks and provides a common computing environment for dozens of C4I applications. This strengthens the network infrastructure, improves security, reduces existing hardware footprint and decreases total ownership costs. The CANES effort enhances operational effectiveness and quality of life for deployed sailors.

"CANES is a significantly faster, more secure and flexible network," said Dave Wegmann, director, maritime command and control systems, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "Our original network design remains important to ensure CANES affordability and agility in delivering the next generation of C4I capabilities."

Northrop Grumman uses the Modular Open Systems Approach-Competitive TM process for its CANES solution to achieve the lifecycle benefits of open-systems architecture and commercial off-the-shelf components and software. The strategic business and engineering process ensures vendor-neutral, enduring solutions that improve interoperability and lower the total cost of ownership.

The Navy selected Northrop Grumman for the design and development and limited deployment phase of CANES in early 2012.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises China Telecom

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised China Telecom Global in relation to its role in a consortium which has agreed to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific submarine telecommunications cable worth approximately US$300 million.

The cable, known as FASTER, will be one of the fastest and highest capacity sub-sea cable systems in the world, transmitting data at 60 terabits per second. Designed to address the high demand for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the Trans-Pacific route, the new cable will connect Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Oregon and Seattle to Chikura and Shima in Japan.

Herbert Smith Freehills partner Damien Bailey advised on the deal. He said: “It was great to be involved with another China Telecom project aimed at aiding its international expansion. Deals like this are a sign that there is ongoing strong demand for significant international connectivity.”

Construction of FASTER will begin immediately and the system is targeted to be ready for service during the second quarter of 2016.

Other members of the consortium include China Mobile International, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and SingTel.


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