Sober thoughts on submarine cables across the Pacific

Posted on January 22, 2008  /  0 Comments

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Of course that’s not to say that everything is rosy and you can just lay it and the business will come. I was a little surprised at the hostile reaction I received in a panel session when I suggested that some of the builds on thinner routes were vanity projects based more on national prestige and political expediency than actual real business cases.

A fair percentage of the industry is fanatically evangelistic about submarine cables and conveniently forgets the fact that you can’t fill those pipes if you don’t have favourable regulatory and investment reforms in the access network at the other end as well as basic preconditions such as mass PC literacy and affordable services.

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