There's something in the water

There's something in the water

The start of 2024 brought with it a slew of new subsea cable launches, and the end of 2023 closed in a similar fashion.

According to TeleGeography a new cable boom is expected between 2023 and 2025, valued at approximately $10 billion and totalling an estimated 78 systems online spanning over 300,000 kilometres in length.

Google’s central Pacific Connect initiative for example will deliver two new intra-Pacific subsea cables, Bulikula and Halaihai. Developed in partnership with Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), APTelecom, and Telstra, Bulikula will connect Guam with Fiji while Halaihai will link Guam and French Polynesia.

The company also unveiled plans for theSouth Pacific Connect initiative, a new project will deliver two new trans-Pacific subsea cables. Named Honomoana and Tabua, the two cables will help to increase the reliability and resilience of digital connectivity across the Pacific.

Then there’s Humboldt project, which Google has joined along with Desarrollo País of Chile (Country Development of Chile) and Office of Posts and Telecommunications of French Polynesia (OPT) to build a subsea cable connecting Chile, French Polynesia, and Australia.

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