Submarine Optical Fiber Cables - Global Strategic Business Report

Submarine Optical Fiber Cables - Global Strategic Business Report

Global Industry Analysts, Date of Publication: Feb 16, 2018, 276 Pages

This report analyzes the Global market for Submarine Optical Fiber Cables in Kilometers.  Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2022.  Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs.

The report profiles 104 companies including many key and niche players such as -

  • Alcatel-Lucent (France)
  • Angola Cables (Angola)
  • Bezeq International Ltd. (Israel)
  • Bharti Airtel Limited (India)
  • Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (UK)
  • China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong)
  • Ciena Corporation (US)
  • Emerald Networks, Inc. (US)
  • Fujitsu Limited (Japan)
  • Global Cloud Xchange Limited (UK)
  • Globacom Limited (Nigeria)
  • Gulf Bridge International, Inc. (US)
  • Huawei Marine Networks Co., Limited (China)
  • Infinera Corporation (US)
  • Interoute Communications Ltd. (UK)
  • Kokusai Cable Ship Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Main One Cable Company Limited (Nigeria)
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan)
  • NEC Corp. (Japan)
  • Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH (Germany)
  • NTT World Engineering Marine Corporation (Japan)
  • Orange Marine (France)
  • Pacnet Limited (Singapore, Hong Kong)
  • PCCW Global (Hong Kong)
  • PIPE Networks Pty Ltd (Australia)
  • Seaborn Networks LLC (US)
  • StarHub Ltd. (Singapore)
  • Tata Communications Limited (India)
  • TE SubCom (US)
  • Telkom SA SOC Limited (South Africa)
  • Xtera Communications, Inc. (US)

Submarine Optical Fiber Cables - Global Strategic Business Report


      Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations                       I-1
      Disclaimers                                                       I-2
      Data Interpretation & Reporting Level                             I-2
       Quantitative Techniques & Analytics                              I-3
      Product Definitions and Scope of Study                            I-3
       Submarine Optical Fiber Cables                                   I-3


  1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW                                                  II-1
      Prelude                                                           II-1
      Submarine Cable Networks - The Lifeline of Global Communications  II-1
      Evolution of Submarine Networks                                   II-2
      Subsea Optical Fiber Networks - Past, Present, and Future         II-3
      Outlook                                                           II-4
       Growth Drivers in a Nutshell                                     II-4
        Repairs, Upgrades and Replacements to Drive Future Growth       II-4
      Fiber Optics - The Preferred Transmission Medium for Undersea
       Applications                                                     II-5
      Internet’s Rising Contribution to Economy: Need for Submarine
       Cables                                                           II-5
      International Bandwidth Usage Continues to Grow Exponentially     II-6
       Table 1: Global International Bandwidth Usage (in Tbps) for
       years 2012 through 2016 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)     II-6

       Table 2: Number of Internet Users Worldwide (in Million) and
       Penetration per 100 Population for Years 2011 through 2017
       (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)                             II-7

       Table 3: Global Mobile Communications Market: Data
       Subscriptions as a Percentage of the Overall Mobile
       Subscriptions for Years 2011 through 2017 (includes
       corresponding Graph/Chart)                                       II-8
       Growth Evenly Spread Out                                         II-8
        Table 4: International Bandwidth Usage by Geographic Region
        (2012-2016): Ranked by % CAGR for Asia, Africa, Europe,
        North America, Middle East, Latin America, and Oceania
        (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)                            II-9
       Opportunity Indicators:                                          II-9
        Table 5: Global Internet Usage (2017): Percentage Share
        Breakdown of Number of Internet Users for Select Countries
        (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)                            II-9

        Table 6: Worldwide Internet Penetration Rates (%) by Region:
        2017 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)                       II-10

        Table 7: Top 20 Internet Countries: Ranked by Number of
        Internet Users (in Millions): 2017 (includes corresponding
        Graph/Chart)                                                    II-10

        Table 8: Worldwide Active Broadband Subscriptions (Fixed,
        Mobile & Total) per 100 Population (2017): Breakdown by
        Geographic Region (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)          II-11
       Internet Traffic on the Rise                                     II-11
        Table 9: Global IP Traffic by Geographic Region (2016 &
        2021) (in Exabytes per month) (includes corresponding
        Graph/Chart)                                                    II-12
       Rise in IP-enabled Devices Necessitates Bandwidth Capacity
        Expansion                                                       II-13
        Table 10: Active Mobile Broadband Subscriptions per 100
        Inhabitants (2011-2017) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)    II-13

        Table 11: Active Mobile Broadband Subscriptions per 100
        Inhabitants by Region (2017) (includes corresponding
        Graph/Chart)                                                    II-14

        Table 12: Mobile Data Traffic Growth by Region (2016)
        (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)                            II-14
      Growth in Internet Video to Trigger Use of Submarine Cable
       Systems                                                          II-15
       Table 13: Consumer Internet Video Traffic by Geographic
       Region (2014 & 2018) (in Exabytes per month) (includes
       corresponding Graph/Chart)                                       II-15
       Mobile Videos Streaming Gathers Steam                            II-16
        Table 14: Smartphone Penetration Worldwide (as a Percentage
        of Total Population) for Major Countries: 2017 (includes
        corresponding Graph/Chart)                                      II-17

        Table 15: Global Market for Smartphones (2012, 2014, 2016 &
        2018P): Breakdown of Sales in Thousand Units (includes
        corresponding Graph/Chart)                                      II-18

        Table 16: Global Smartphones Market (2016 & 2020P):
        Percentage Share Breakdown of Sales by Geographic Region
        (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)                            II-18
        Table 17: Global Mobile Subscriptions (2016): Percentage
         Breakdown by Country (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)      II-19
      Impact of Economic Uncertainties on Submarine Cables Market       II-19
      Emerging Markets Offer World of Possibilities                     II-20
       Submarine Cable Companies Focus on Unserved Routes               II-20
      Lack of New Submarine Cable System Installations: A Cause of
       Concern?                                                         II-20
       Upgrades Find Favor over New Subsea Network Installations        II-20
        Table 18: Average Lit Capacity (%) on Major Submarine Cable
        Routes Worldwide (2016) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)    II-21
      Financing Structure of Submarine Cable Systems                    II-22
       Paradigm Shift in Ownership                                      II-22
        Table 19: Funding for New Submarine Fiber Optic Cable
        Systems (1987-2015, 2012-2016 & 2017-2018): Percentage Share
        Breakdown of Investment by Financier(s) (includes
        corresponding Graph/Chart)                                      II-23
       New Cable Projects Witness Turnaround in 2016                    II-23
        Table 20: Global Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Market
        (2008-2014): Percentage Share Breakdown of Investments in
        New Projects by Geographic Region (includes corresponding
        Graph/Chart)                                                    II-24
      Unconventional Applications Provide Growth Opportunities          II-25
      Creating Mesh Networks for Greater Reliability and Faster
       Connectivity                                                     II-25
      Low Latency of Cable Systems: Sought After among Electronic
       Trading Companies                                                II-25
      Technology Advances Promise Faster Undersea Transmissions         II-26
      Service Providers Focus on Improving Flexibility of Submarine
       Cable Networks                                                   II-26
      Subsea Cables Encounter Challenges due to Big Data                II-27
      Submarine Cables: At Risk from Snooping, Natural Disasters &
       Financial Crisis                                                 II-27
       Network Sabotage a Real Threat                                   II-28
      Congestion, Political Feuds Push Subsea Cable Companies to
       Seek Alternate Routes                                            II-29
      Upgrade Suppliers Gaining Prominence                              II-29
      Change in Competitive Dynamics                                    II-30
       Table 21: Leading Suppliers of New Systems in the Submarine
       Cable Systems Market (2012-2016): Percentage Share Breakdown
       of New Systems Supplied for Primary Contracts for ASN, TE
       SubCom, NEC, Fujitsu, Huawei Marine, NSW, and Others
       (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)                             II-30
       SLTE Market Slowdown Affects Vendor Margins                      II-30
        Table 22: Leading Vendors in the Global Submarine System
        Construction Market (2016): Percentage Share Breakdown of
        Revenues for ASN, TE SubCom, NEC Group and Others (includes
        corresponding Graph/Chart)                                      II-31

        Table 23: Leading Vendors in the Global Submarine Cables
        Market (2012-2016): Percentage Share Breakdown of Supply
        Contracts for ASN, TE SubCom, NEC, Huawei Marine Networks,
        Fujitsu, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)        II-31

      Submarine Optical Fiber Cables                                    II-32
       History and Development                                          II-32
      Optical Telephone Cables                                          II-33
      Basic Structure of Submarine Communication Cable                  II-34
       Other Components of Submarine Cable Network                      II-34
        Cable Landing Points                                            II-34
        Cable Landing Stations                                          II-34
        Cable Termination Stations                                      II-35
        IT Systems                                                      II-35
        Submarine Branching Units                                       II-35
      Ownership Structure in Submarine Cable Industry                   II-35
      Submarine Cables: An Edge over Satellite Communications           II-36
      SEA-ME-WE 3: The Longest Submarine Cable Network                  II-37

  3. REGULATORY LANDSCAPE                                               II-38
      Regulations for Cable Deployment and Protection                   II-38
       2011 Omnibus Resolution on Oceans and the Law of the Sea:
        Glance at Key Specifications                                    II-38
       A Peek into Provisions of UNCLOS for Undersea Cables             II-39
       Convention for the Protection of Submarine Telegraph Cables      II-39
      Australia: Legal Framework for Submarine Cables                   II-40

  4. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY                                           II-41
      ASN Commences Construction of New Submarine Cable for IOX Cable   II-41
      Nexans Bags Supply Contract from Huawei Marine Networks           II-41
      Xtera® Awarded Contract from DISA for New Regional Submarine
       Cable System                                                     II-41
      Hawaiian Telecom Completes Buildout of SEA-US Undersea Fiber
       Cable                                                            II-41
      ABDIG to Acquire Majority Stake in Fiber Prime Telecommunications II-41
      ASN Signs Turnkey Agreement with OPT for NATITUA Cable System     II-41
      BTL and Huawei Marine Complete SEUL Submarine Cable Buildout      II-41
      Huawei Marine Bags Contract for Submarine Cable System from SISCC II-42
      TE SubCom Bags SPMMA Maintenance Contract                         II-42
      Equinix and Eastern Light Enter into Partnership for Sweden-
       Finland Submarine Cable                                          II-42
      Globe Telecom and BSCC Sign Agreement for Submarine Fiber
       Optic Cable Spur                                                 II-42
      ASN and Vocus Sign Agreement for New ASC System                   II-42
      Seaborn and Werthein Sign Agreement to Build ARBR Submarine
       Cable System                                                     II-42
      Ciena’s MONET Subsea Cable System Selected by Angola Cables       II-42
      H.I.G. Capital Takes Over Assets of Xtera                         II-43
      NEC to Supply Cable for HK-G Cable System                         II-43
      GTT Acquires Hibernia Networks                                    II-43
      ASN Upgrades Transpacific Cable System with 8QAM Technology       II-43
      TE Subcom and Ciena Sign Enter into Alliance for Open
       Submarine Cable Networking Solutions                             II-43
      Nokia Completes Acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent                     II-43
      ASN Bags Contract for Greenland Connect North from TELE-POST      II-43
      NEC Bags Contract to Develop IGG Cable System from PT.Telkom      II-44
      TE SubCom and Djibouti Telecom Consortium Sign Construction
       and Maintenance Agreement for DARE                               II-44
      ASN and TE Subcom Renew Maintenance Contract with Telefónica      II-44
      NEC Bags Contract from DOCOMO for ATISA Submarine Cable System    II-44
      Alcatel-Lucent Introduces 1620 SOFTNODE                           II-44
      ASN Bags Contract for Building Australia West Express Undersea
       Cable System from GoTo Networks                                  II-44
      ASN Bags Contract for SAPL from Ocean Networks                    II-45
      ASN Streamlines Cable Ship Operations                             II-45
      Telekom Malaysia Bags Contract to Develop and Construct new 3
       ,500km Submarine Cable System                                    II-45
      Trans Pacific Express Selects Ciena for Submarine Cable Upgrade   II-45
      Brazil Mulling Plans to Deploy Underwater Fiber Optic Cables
       in Amazon Basin                                                  II-45
      Alcatel-Lucent and ACE Consortium Completes Field Trial on ACE
       System                                                           II-45

  5. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS                                            II-46
      Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks SAS (France)                    II-46
      Ciena Corporation (USA)                                           II-46
      Fujitsu Limited (Japan)                                           II-46
      Huawei Marine Networks Co., Limited (China)                       II-47
      Infinera Corporation (USA)                                        II-47
      Kokusai Cable Ship Co., Ltd. (Japan)                              II-48
      Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan)                           II-48
      NEC Corporation (Japan)                                           II-49
      Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH (Germany)                         II-49
      NTT World Engineering Marine Corporation (Japan)                  II-50
      Orange Marine (France)                                            II-50
      S. B. Submarine Systems Co., Ltd. (China)                         II-50
      Seaborn Networks LLC (USA)                                        II-51
      TE SubCom (USA)                                                   II-51
      Xtera Communications, Inc. (USA)                                  II-51

  6. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE                                          II-53
      Table 24: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
      Submarine Optical Fibers Cables by Route - Americas, EMEA,
      Intra-Asia, and Others Markets Independently Analyzed with
      Annual Route Kilometers Added for the Years 2013 through 2022
      (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)                              II-53

      Table 25: World 10-Year Perspective for Submarine Optical
      Fibers Cables by Route - Percentage Breakdown of Annual Route
      Kilometers Added for Americas, EMEA, Intra-Asia, and Others
      Markets for the Years 2013, 2017 & 2022 (includes
      corresponding Graph/Chart)                                        II-54

  7. OVERVIEW OF SELECT REGIONS                                         II-55
      The United States                                                 II-55
       US Government Tightens Control on Undersea Cable Services and
        Systems                                                         II-55
        The New Framework and its Objectives                            II-55
      Latin America                                                     II-56
       Overview                                                         II-56
        Table 26: International Bandwidth Demand in South America
        (2016): Percentage Share Breakdown by Country (includes
        corresponding Graph/Chart)                                      II-57
        New Wave of Projects Hit Latin America                          II-57
        Brazil: A Lucrative Connectivity Target for Submarine Cable
         Projects                                                       II-58
        Cuba Gets First Undersea Cable                                  II-58
      Europe                                                            II-58
       Finland Looks to Expand Bandwidth through New Submarine Cable
        Link                                                            II-59
      Asia-Pacific                                                      II-59
       Submarine Cables in Asia: High Growth Opportunities              II-59
       Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami Disrupt Fiber-Optic Submarine
        Cables                                                          II-59
       India: Submarine Cables Market on Expansion Mode                 II-60
        Major submarine cable systems currently connecting India to
         the rest of the world include:                                 II-61
        Telecom Majors Team Up for Submarine Cable Projects             II-61
        Monopoly Allegations in CLS Sector Hits Submarine Cables Market II-62
      The Middle East                                                   II-63
       Limited Submarine Cable Systems Lead to High Broadband Prices    II-63
      Africa                                                            II-63
       Need for Connectivity Drives Focus onto Submarine Cables         II-63
        Table 27: Select Submarine Cable Systems in Africa by Route
        Length and Capacity (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)        II-64
       Imminent Explosion in International Connectivity through
        Submarine Cables                                                II-65
       High-Capacity Submarine Cables to Wire-up Africa                 II-65
       Emergence of VoIP Services                                       II-65
       African Countries Take Measures to Control High Cost of
        Bandwidth                                                       II-66
       Extending Connectivity to Landlocked Nations is Key for
        Future Growth                                                   II-66
       East Africa - An Overview                                        II-67
        Submarine Cable Systems Spur Demand for Broadband Internet
         Services                                                       II-67
        Surging Demand for Mobile Communications & Internet Services    II-67
       West Africa - An Overview                                        II-67
        Launch of New Cable Systems to Bring Broadband Connectivity     II-67
       Southern Africa - Leading the IP Bandwagon                       II-68
       Nigeria - A Large Market                                         II-68
        Submarine Cable Systems to Drive Down Bandwidth Prices          II-68
        Delay in Approval for National Broadband Policy Affects
         Investments                                                    II-69
         Table 28: Select Submarine Cable Systems Connecting Nigeria
         (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)                           II-69
        Egypt: An Important Host of Submarine Cables                    II-70
       Southeast Asia                                                   II-70
        Pan-East Asia Route: A Review                                   II-70
         Select Pan-East Asian Systems                                  II-71
        Challenges Facing Intra-Asian Market for Submarine Cables       II-71
       Australia & New Zealand                                          II-71
        High Cost of Internet Data Transmission over Submarine Cables   II-72
        Creating Mesh Networks for Greater Reliability and Faster
         Connectivity                                                   II-72


     Total Companies Profiled: 104 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries - 111)

     The United States (14)
     Japan (9)
     Europe (26)
     - France (4)
     - Germany (2)
     - The United Kingdom (6)
     - Italy (2)
     - Spain (3)
     - Rest of Europe (12)
     Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (34)
     Middle East (8)
     Latin America (6)
     Africa (14)

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