by Frank Rey, Director, Global Network Acquisition, Microsft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations.
Today we’re excited to announce the latest step in our global cloud infrastructure as Microsoft and Facebook announce plans to build “MAREA” – a new, state-of-the art subsea cable across the Atlantic. The new MAREA cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers. The parties have cleared conditions to go “Contract-In-Force” with their plans, and construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.
Quintillion Networks is constructing a terrestrial fiber-optic cable between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, which will provide a fiber link between the Lower 48 and the Arctic. That cable is also scheduled to be operational in early 2017. Once completion, the Alaska System will deliver high-speed Internet to Alaska Arctic.
Quintillion Subsea Holdings LLC (“Quintillion”) announced on 18th May 2016 that it has acquired the assets of Arctic Fibre as part of a plan to build a submarine fibre optic cable from Asia to Europe with the first phase in Alaska.
Retelit - the Italian landing party of the AAE-1 Consortium - announced on 9th May 2016 that the AAE-1 subsea cable landed in Bari. On time according to the Plan of Work, all shore end works at Bari have been successfully completed and Italy is now officially connected to the AAE-1 subsea cable system.
Omantel announced on 22nd March 2016 that it has joined in a consortium with several East African telecommunications providers to lay the Gulf to Africa (G2A) undersea fibre-optic cable, which is set to revolutionize connectivity from Oman to East Africa, including; Ethiopia and Somalia. The G2A undersea cable represents the first phase of Omantel’s expansion eastwards into the African continent, providing cable connectivity to the Middle East, Asia and Europe and transforming Oman into a communications hub of the Middle East.
Omantel announced on 21st April 2016 the successful landing of the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable system in the French city of Marseille. Spanning approximately 25,000 kilometres, the AAE-1 submarine cable is one of the first unique cable systems to connect Hong Kong to Singapore, Africa and Europe, all via Oman. The cable will provide an alternative and low latency short route between Hong Kong, Singapore and Europe while covering close to 50 per cent of the world’s population.
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