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 -
I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS 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 II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 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 2. SUBMARINE OPTICAL FIBER CABLES: AN INTRODUCTION II-32 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 III. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE 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)