eLandia and American Samoa Inaugurate Submarine Cable

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2009 eLandia (OTC BB: ELAN.OB), a leading technology enabler of emerging markets, today announced that it is joining Governor Togiola Tulafono and the people of American Samoa to inaugurate the undersea fiber-optic cable that now connects American Samoa and the Independent State of Samoa to Hawaii and the rest of the world. Formal launch of the cable provides high-speed connection for the Territory’s people and businesses to the global marketplace, promoting innovation and new opportunities for education, economic development, and healthcare. “The submarine fiber-optic cable transforms the entire telecommunication landscape of American Samoa in ways that we could not have imagined twenty years ago,” said Governor Togiola. “With the cable, we can implement critical technology that is essential to empowering our citizens and businesses. It represents a new opportunity to light a flame that will shine across the world, fed by our ingenuity, determination, and desire to succeed. We are delighted to stand with our guests today and welcome this unprecedented connection to our future.” The cable project re-activates the submarine PacRim East cable, which was lifted from the ocean floor and reconnected, to cost effectively deliver 1 Gb/s broadband to 280,000 island residents. Residents and businesses will now be able to benefit from improved delivery of broadband data, voice, video, and cable services. The American Samoa government and eLandia had previously formed American Samoa Hawaii Cable, LLC to undertake the ambitious project. eLandia will operate advanced network and broadband services over the newly deployed cable. “We applaud Governor Togiola’s vision and tenacity in delivering this transformational project to the great people of American Samoa,” said Pete Pizarro, chairman and chief executive officer of eLandia, “and we are delighted to celebrate this historic project as American Samoa becomes a more connected member of the global marketplace.”

HSBB project a pot of gold for fibre-optic cable makers

Regardless of whether Telekom Malaysia Bhd or Pahang-based High Speed Broadband Technology Sdn Bhd (HSBT) lands the multi-billion-ringgit national high-speed broadband network (HSBB) project, local fiber-optic cable manufacturers stand to make a killing from cable sales. Industry sources said a conservative estimate would put the cost of fiber-optic cables at around 15%-20% of the overall project cost. So, if the project costs RM11.3 billion as per TM’s proposal, then the fiber-optic cables needed would come to about RM2 billion.
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Russian telecom, KDDI start superfast cable link to Japan

KDDI Corp. and Rostelecom, Russia’s largest long-distance telecom carrier, said Friday they will begin using undersea fiber-optic cables to transmit high-speed data between the two countries. The submarine cable system, which goes online Saturday, will provide financial institutions and other corporate clients with the shortest and fastest route linking Japan to Russia and the European region, the two companies said. Two 900-km cables, including a backup line, will link Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, with Nakhodka in the Russian Far East at a data communication speed of 640 gigabits per second, about 1,000 times the speed of the current line linking the two countries.

Greece plans $3billion to upgrade telecom network

Greece wants to invest in a new fibre optic network that will drastically upgrade its broadband and cable television capabilities, an AFP report said. The AFP report quoted Economy Minister George Alogoskoufis saying that “we have decided to invest as a country in a modern fiber optic network that will change the daily life of Greek citizens.” The seven-year project estimated to cost €2.1 billion ($3 billion) will provide high-definition TV, video telephony, quicker internet connections and other high-bandwidth services, Alogoskoufis said. It will be developed through a public-private partnership and is eligible for funding from the European Investment Bank, he said. An international tender on the open-access network will be issued in the second half of 2009, the report said. The contract involves the construction, maintenance and operation of a dark fiber network for 30 years. Greece has labored to increase the number of high-bandwidth users by slashing subscription prices and improving connections, the AFP report further said.

Glos 9,500km submarine cable project ready next year

The 9,500-kilometre submarine telecommunications cable being laid by Globacom to connect Africa with Europe and the United States is nearing completion. A statement on Tuesday by the company said the Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mr. Mohammed Jameel, made this disclosure in Accra, Ghana at a press conference where the GSM licence won by the company was formally presented by the country’s National Communications Authority.
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BT tests Kabel-X copper cable replacement technology

BT has reportedly tested a revolutionary non-invasive copper cable replacement technology developed by Kabel-X, writes The Times. The technology strips copper cable and replaces it with fibre optic cable without having to dig up roads. The technology could help accelerate BT’s super-fast broadband plans. Simon MacDonald, founding partner of Kabel-X in the UK, said it had conducted a successful trial project with BT in Southampton. He said the technology is already being deployed in Austria and Germany and is being tested in the US.