An expanding web of submarine fiber-optic cables is spreading across the world's waterways as service providers seek new sources of dark fiber to support growing demand for ultra-broadband services.
The global market for submarine fiber-optic cable is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.76% between 2016 and 2020, according to TechNavio.
"Owing to their high-speed capacity, these fiber cables carry an enormous amount of data traffic on a daily basis. Data transfer through submarine optical fiber cables offers several advantages in terms of high reliability, security and capacity and cost-effectiveness," the research firm wrote. "The growth of this market is directly related to the demand for broadband services and the ongoing investments in new projects and increasing investments in upgrade projects."
By 2020, cumulative installations of submarine optical fiber cables will span 2 million kilometers (or 124.3 million miles), with most growth coming from new -- not replacement -- cabling, determined Global Industry Analysts. Many of these green-field deployments will occur in developing nations, the report said. But that does not mean underwater cabling projects are not happening in North America or Europe.
"Demand comes from more people using the Internet, machine-to-machine data, and we're seeing increased mobile penetration, increased usage and the type of data that can be transferred -- especially now we have high-def TV -- really increases the bandwidth demands," said Mike Cunningham, Crosslake Fibre CEO, in an interview with UBB2020.
Under the Lake
Crosslake Fibre, for example, recently unveiled plans to build a new submarine fiber-optic cable from Toronto to Buffalo, NY, a route that will take the cable through Lake Ontario and expand service in both countries, said Cunningham said.
The company, set up specifically for this deployment, focuses on bringing dark fiber to telecom operators and large enterprises via high fiber-count cable, he said. Because its route takes it through Lake Ontario, the cable is shorter than existing, older cable paths and provides lower latency, Cunningham said.
The implementation is a mix of underwater and terrestrial technologies; services are expected to become available in September 2018, according to Crosslake.
"We have built the route really to provide dark fiber. We allow all our customers to light that fiber with their own equipment so this model allows our customers to use existing technology platforms or get the absolutely newest technology and use that when they light their network up," Cunningham said.
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As Vice President of Global Healthcare at AT&T, Maria Lensing oversees the telecommunications operator's technology and professional services offerings across the spectrum of medical providers, from solo practitioners and walk-in clinics to giant hospital chains, medical-device vendors and consulting firms. Lensing also sees more interest from traditional service providers -- cable and telecom operators looking to expand or build relationships with their own medical communities, perhaps as an adjunct to smart-home successes or standalone.
Lensing, who took on this role almost a year ago in May 2018, oversees both the sales and technical teams responsible for developing growth initiatives for AT&T's Global Healthcare business -- including products, services and industry-specific solutions. She also very actively promotes business minority inclusion, education and female empowerment programs and has been recognized both within and outside AT&T. Some awards she's received include "Top 40 Under 40" and "Super Woman in Business" from the Memphis Business Journal.
Join Maria Lensing, VP of Global Healthcare at AT&T, on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. PT, when she's the guest on BBWN Radio, hosted by Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana. Register now!
So far, the agenda includes a discussion of technologies such as fiber and 5G; defining the needs and solutions for a widely diverse range of customers; partnering for success in a typically slow-moving, budget-constrained market; learning and dispersing best practices from other verticals and within other business groups; promoting diversity and female empowerment when so many say they're doing so but so little has changed; and what she hopes to accomplish in another year in this role.
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Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Just when you thought the answer to your next technology direction question was clear, the noise around multiple new technology options fills the Internet and airwaves. Multiple 5Gs are being deployed; there's CableLabs' 10G initiative; the ITU and IEEE are toiling around 50G PON – and we haven’t even talked about Wi-Fi6 yet! Is any of this real, do you have to pay attention or can you just let the dust settle and then decide?
Since waiting is often not the best option, let’s demystify technology options, their impact on your business, and how to prepare for whatever the future brings.
In this webinar, Service Providers will learn:
Current state of 5G and how it affects everyone, not only mobile network providers.
Latest technologies being developed and how they will benefit their networks and subscribers.
How to prepare their networks for the future – whatever it may hold.