The installation of the first direct link between Africa and South America is nearing completion. The wet-plant installation is progressing in accordance to the plan and the cables will arrive in Brazil at the beginning of February 2018. Construction works of the landing station/data center in Fortaleza, Brazil is also progressing well.
OSI continues our support of Tonga Cable Limited’s subsea cable projects, which initially included the international cable and now includes TCLs domestic extension as well. Installation of the domestic cable to Ha’apai and Vava’u was successfully completed on Jan 10, with testing and commissioning planned for the coming weeks. Congratulations TCL Team!!!!
Commercial and consumer service ready for launch in five northern Alaska communities
Quintillion announced that testing is complete and its subsea fiber optic cable system will be launched in five northern Alaska communities on December 1. Quintillion is a bandwidth services provider and expects its customers to be live shortly thereafter, enabling high speed broadband capability to consumers and businesses in these communities. Crews completed installation of the Alaska Arctic portion of the international Quintillion Subsea Cable System in early October. The system performed flawlessly during test mode and will now be made available to service providers in Utqiaġvik, Wainwright, Point Hope, Nome and Kotzebue, enabling 21st century communications in the Alaska Arctic for the first time.
System brings high-speed internet to five northern Alaska communities
Crews aboard the Alcatel Submarine Networks C/V Ile de Batz installed the last segment of cable beneath the ocean floor, completing physical installation of the Alaska portion of the international Quintillion Subsea Cable System. The system is on schedule to be in service this December, enabling 21st Century communications in the North American Arctic for the first time.
Angola Cables took a step closer to completion of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) at an official launch on August 9 in Sangano, Angola. SACS is the first direct link between Africa and South America. The installation of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) – a subsea cable with 40 Tbps of capacity that will extend more than 6,500 km to Fortaleza, Brazil – began on the Angolan coast in the municipality of Quissama. The SACS system is being constructed by NEC Corporation.
A series of recent submarine cable outages in locations ranging from Somalia to Vietnam and South Africa to Alaska have once again brought the issue of the reliability of these systems to the forefront. Central to the question of reliability is the need for Cable Maintenance Authority services. These services are essential for expediting a solution in the event of an outage, but often the expertise within the organization is limited. OSI’s Cable Maintenance Authority Services can take responsibility for the complete Maintenance Authority scope.