There have been a number of announcements of new submarine fiber optic cable projects this year.  Many serve the high-volume routes we are familiar with (transatlantic, transpacific, etc.), but we are seeing cables connecting developing markets more and more frequently through far less traditional routes.

The most recent of these is a cable system known as MCT, which will link Cambodia to Malaysia and Thailand.  This new cable, funded by Telekom Malaysia and two non-traditional players – Cambodia’s Telcotech and Thailand’s Symphony—will be capable of supplying huge amounts of  bandwidth to bandwidth-hungry Cambodia, which does not yet have an international submarine cable connection.. 

So far in 2015, several other new cable systems have been announced or contracted for in what we could consider non-traditional routes.  These include:

  • Hawaii-Panama-Chile
  • Algeria-Spain
  • Australia-Djibouti
  • Ireland-France

This is just another example of the global submarine fiber optic cable network continuing to stretch across the globe, while submarine cable operators look to increase the reliability and redundancy of the network, as well as reach new and emerging markets.