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Sprint Assigns Its Share of Americas-I to ATOC

An application has been filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for consent to the assignment of the interest in the cable landing license for the Americas I cable system held by Sprint Communications Company L.P., to Atlantic Teleconnection Operating Company Limited (ATOC).

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five Russian entities and three Russian individuals under Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” as amended, and Section 224 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).  One of the designated entities in controlled by and has provided material and technological support to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), while two others have provided the FSB with material and technological support.  OFAC is also designating several entities and individuals for being owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the three entities that have enabled the FSB.

Application Filed for Transfer of Control of Hawaiki License

An application has been filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for consent to transfer de facto control of Hawaiki Submarine Cable USA LLC (HSC USA) from HCL Limited Partnership (HCL LP) to Palisade Subsea Investments Pty Ltd.

FCC Receives Application for Havfrue License

An application has filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by America Europe Connect 2 USA, Inc. (AEC2 USA), America Europe Connect 2 Limited (AEC2), Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC (Edge USA), GU Holdings Inc. (GU Holdings), and Optibulk Havfrue AS (Optibulk, collectively with AEC USA, AEC2, Edge USA and GU Holdings, the Applicants) for a license to land and operate within the United States a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system connecting Wall, New Jersey; Blaabjerg, Denmark; Old Head Beach, Leckanvy, Ireland; and Kristiansand, Norway (Havfrue system).

FCC Receives BtoBE License Application

Application filed by Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC, China Mobile International Limited (CMI), and Vadata, Inc. for a license to land and operate within the United States the Bay to Bay Express Cable System (BtoBE).

Satellite firm Inmarsat has seen its global monopoly over the maritime distress signal industry broken after the UN opened up the contract to rivals Iridium and BeiDou Navigation Satellite System.

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee has agreed to add Iridium to the contract as supplier of distress signal equipment to the maritime industry. The IMO also agreed to adopt a "statement of recognition" proposed by the United States.

ACCC to Look at Prices for Christmas Island Capacity

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued binding rules of conduct (BROC) setting out interim prices for new wholesale transmission services to Christmas Island.

Bermuda Looks at Cable Restoration Issues

The Regulatory Authority of Bermuda released a Preliminary Report on the Electronic Communications Sectoral Review on April 17, 2018.  The report covers a wide range topics related to telecommunications and the Internet, but also includes issues related to submarine fiber optic cables.

FCC OKs Transfer of HawaiianTel to Cincinnati Bell

The U.S Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a series of applications filed by Cincinnati Bell Inc., Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc., Hawaiian Telcom, Inc. (HTI), Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, Inc. (HTSC), and Wavecom Solutions Corporation pursuant to sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and the Cable Landing License Act of 192 requesting consent to transfer indirect control of Licensees to Cincinnati Bell.

FCC Looks to Rebuild Infrastructure on Devastated Islands

One of SubCableWorld’s responsibilities is to report on early-stage developments that may lead to the deployment of new submarine cables.  A recent announcement from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fits into that category.

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