Why should submarine cable operators care about adding packet networking to their networks?
Cable breaks occur more often than you might think. Research presented in this paper counted 14 different cable failures in U.S. territorial waters or exclusive economic zone between 2008 and 2012.
We rarely hear about such cable failures because we currently enjoy two built-in mechanisms that mitigate the effects of a break: a robust, redundant set of networks allowing traffic re-routes when a cable fails, and a nimble fleet of cable repair ships that can respond quickly to problems. Changes to the interpretation of the Jones Act may impair the latter mechanism.
Fact: Before 2009, only 16 African countries were connected to a submarine cable system. Since then, 26 cable systems have been deployed to connect the region.
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I’ve been involved with TeleGeography’s research on submarine cables since 2000. Over the years I’ve fielded numermous questions about the submarine cable industry from journalists, investors, family, and friends.
It seems as good a time as any to provide a compilation of answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
We went 12 years without building a new cable in the Atlantic. In the last two years we've seen two builds, another announced, and more planned.
This might be why our VP of Research Tim Stronge recently asked a group of PTC 2017 attendees if we're in a submarine cable bubble.
Brian Lavellée, Director of Portfolio Marketing at Ciena, posed this question to webinar-watchers last Wednesday. How great would it be if you got an advanced warning prior to a submarine cable going down?
Brian was joined by TeleGeography Senior Analyst Brianna Boudreau to tackle this idea and others about the cable business.
TeleGeography’s latest research tells a story about soaring submarine network bandwidth and eroding prices for transoceanic bandwidth services.
When it comes to undersea cables, we've come a long way.
Take this 1939 Bell Systems reel, which showcases scenes from the San Francisco Harbor, as workmen ready submarine telephone cable that is to live at the bottom of the San Francisco Bay, winding beneath the Bay Bridge.