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German Government Wants to Stimulate Fiber Deployment

The German government plans to spend up to $15 billion to provide Gigabit-speed Internet access by 2025.  The plan will focus on adding fiber to Germany broadband network to increase access speeds. 

Report: Kenya Cable Bandwidth Up more than 40%

The Communications Authority of Kenya has published its quarterly telecom sector statistics for the period from July through September 2017.

Welcome to 2018!

Happy New Year from SubCableWorld! We bring in the New Year with a new website and our continuing efforts to provide the submarine cable industry with the information it needs to keep aware of current trends and to plan for the future.

Pakistan Nears 50-Million Mark in Broadband Subscribers

The number of broadband subscribers in Pakistan will exceed the 50-million mark in 2018, according to the latest statistics from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).

Economic Dynamism boosts East Africa's Growth

Diversified and services-led economies have had a good year whereas hydrocarbon-dependent African economies continue to be plagued by the aftershock of the oil price slump. This is according to the ICAEW's (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report. In Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2017 launched today, the accountancy and finance body points to braking of overall growth as a result of problems in the big economies (Nigeria, South Africa, Angola).

By any measure the submarine fiber optic cable market had a huge year in 2017.  There were positive developments on every front and an activity level that has rarely been seen before. 

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New Cables Entering Service

  • More than a dozen new cable systems reached Ready for Service (RFS) status, which totaled:
    • More than 70,000 kilometers of cable
    • More than 400 Tbps of design capacity
  • New cables were deployed in every ocean, including the Arctic

New Contract Awards

  • New contracts, by amount of cable called for, were up 22% over 2016
  • Strong growth continued in the Pacific, but all regions saw new system contracts
  • The transpacific Jupiter system was the largest to go to contract at 14,000 kilometers

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New Project Announcements

  • Also up 22% over 2016
  • 2017 saw the largest amount (by cable) of new projects since SubCableWorld began tracking in 2011
  • Geographically, these projects span the globe from the Aleutians to the tip of South America and from the Great Lakes to the Central Pacific

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