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SubCom wins agreement to monitor 51,000 km of south pacific cable

By Julia Gabel
Fri 9 Jun 2017
FYI, this story is more than a year old

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity company, specialises in undersea communications technology and marine services. As a vertically integrated supplier, SubComm designs, manufactures, deploys, and maintains the fiber optic cable systems.

The company’s solutions include long-haul and regional systems, repeaterless networks, capacity upgrades, offshore oil and gas, and scientific research applications.

SubCom offers end-to-end network knowledge and global experience to support on-time delivery and operates worldwide.

To date, the company claims they have deployed more than 100 cable systems and enough subsea communication cable to circle the globe 15 times at the equator.

TE SubCom has been awarded the South Pacific Marine Maintenance Agreement (SPMMA).

The SPMMA is a five-year service agreement between the company and 14 cable operators throughout the region. 

The agreement, which took effect March 10, 2017, will see SubCom monitor around 28 million miles of territory to maintain more than 51,000 km of cable that comprise 19 disparate telecommunications and power cable systems. 

SubCom will maintain cable systems across more than 28 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean using the cable ship Reliance, based in the South Pacific region.

The SPMMA area covers the South Pacific region from Singapore in the west to Tahiti in the east and from the southernmost point of New Zealand to Hawaii in the north.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide world class maintenance services to our clients in the South Pacific region,” says Chris Carobene, vice president, Marine Services, TE SubCom.

“The needs of global cable operators change rapidly, and maintenance providers must be both flexible and innovative throughout the life of an undersea cable system.”

Carobene concludes, “as a result, SubCom continues to invest in our maintenance services, building the infrastructure necessary to respond to our customers’ evolving needs. The SPMMA agreement highlights the demand for new, strategic approaches to maintenance and demonstrates that SubCom is well-positioned to address these challenges.”

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