1. 5 Assurances to Look for in a Sub-Sea Telecoms Provider

    January 10, 2013 by Sarah

    There are many important factors to take into account when selecting a new sub-sea telecoms provider or re-evaluating your existing one. By selecting the correct provider, you can minimize the impact of disruptions to your critical business operations and improve the quality of your customer product or service offerings.

    1. Design – Designing a robust cable route that will protect the cable from seabed aggression or anchor damage requires specific experience in marine engineering. Carrying out detailed marine surveys is fundamental for route design with the outputs from the survey utilised to ensure optimum burial.

    2. Installation – Proper installation is the foundation for any sub-sea cable system. It is vital that the cable achieves the designed burial and that free-spans are avoided, particularly in areas of fishing and shipping activities. Avoiding mobile bedforms on the seabed is also of great importance to avoid exposure of the cable in the medium to long term.

    3. Commissioning – This should include post lay inspection and burial. Detailed baseline test data should be obtained for each fibre on the cable so that any degradation or fault can be monitored and appropriate action taken. Compilation, storage and updating of as –built records are vital tools for the successful maintenance of the cable over its lifespan and indeed ultimately for decommissioning.

    4. O&M – In order to protect the investment of an installed sub-sea cable, operators must undertake a comprehensive operations and maintenance regime. This can include cable awareness programmes, fisheries liaison, coast guard liaison, AIS monitoring and fibre monitoring amongst others. A proactive approach is far better that a reactive approach to a cable hit.

    5. Future Strategy – This involves the ability to meet customer demands and grow with your customer. For example, SFN’s long-term vision is to be one of the world’s foremost independent carrier-neutral cable providers. As dependency grows for sub-sea communications we work with customers to deliver sub-sea solutions in other territories while remaining at the linchpin of the solution.

    Choose the right sub-sea provider today by calling Sea Fibre Networks on +3531 6624399 or email us – !

  2. Sea Fibre Networks Uncovered

    October 19, 2012 by Sarah

    Sea Fibre Networks is a new breed of privately owned, carrier neutral telecoms company, specialising in the operation and construction of sub-sea telecoms infrastructures. In January 2012, SFN completed CeltixConnect, a completely diverse 144- fibre network, designed with the shortest route connecting Ireland and the UK. In a short space of time CeltixConnect has become the lynchpin of Internet and data communications between Ireland and the UK delivering service from Dublin to London for customers such as Colt and euNetworks. CeltixConnect, is Europe’s first subsea network construction in over a decade. Here are some vital points you must know about Sea Fibre Networks.

    1. Unique business model – SFN is carrier-neutral and not built by a consortium. This enables SFN to market infrastructure to all service providers minimising the need for their own infrastructure investment. SFN exclusively markets dark fibre and does not compete with its customers by selling lit services or owning third party terrestrial networks, instead enabling them with new opportunities through our Partner Network Programme.
    2. Company philosophy – Customer relationships, quality of service and education of the market is at the core of our company philosophy. SFN has built a modern brand to represent a modern telecoms provider and aims to educate and build global awareness of the importance of sub-sea telecoms to the Internet.
    3. New, Innovative products – Dark Fibre is offered on a wholesale basis to service providers and large enterprises, mirroring the service model of metro fibre. For organisations who wish to own their own network infrastructure but lack the resources to manage long-haul dark fibre networks, SFN recently launched Bright Fibre. This enables organisations to exploit the benefits of dark fibre without needing to employ the resources and associated costs.
    4. Use of technology – SFNs operating model is to innovatively utilise technology for management of the network. Cloud services are maximised for data management with mobile communications and advanced marine technology for network monitoring and management.
    5. Funding – SFN raised $15 million through Investec Bank and a US based private equity investment group CCEI, during a global recession. This success was directly related to the uniqueness of the business and its long term vision.
    6. Vision – SFN’s long-term goal and vision is to connect Ireland, UK and mainland Europe as resiliently as possible, enabling as many International connections as possible. e.g. Asia-Pac, Transatlantic etc. The next phase of SFN’s evolution will be the construction of FastnetConnect. This will connect Ireland to France and link back to the UK creating a resilient loop of subsea connectivity between Ireland, UK and mainland Europe. Fastnet Connect will be constructed using the shortest routes possible to minimise latency. Ireland and the UK are the stepping-stones for future investment into Europe from America and Asia and SFN are enabling this.

    “From the outset we found working with Sea Fibre team a pleasure, they were highly skilled and knowledgeable …… All of the interface issues were identified, planned and executed with seamless ease. We found working with Sea Fibre Networks was extremely professional.” Colt Engineering Team.

    “The CeltixConnect sea cable will enable Colt to benefit from the lowest latency route between Dublin and London and represents the continued expansion of our information delivery platform’s capabilities throughout Europe.” François Eloy, Executive Vice President Colt Technologies

    “This diverse link between the United Kingdom and Ireland serves euNetworks’ customers in the financial services, carrier and media segments who depend on highly reliable, scalable and low latency connectivity services. These customers depend on euNetworks for a state-of-the-art network infrastructure like CeltixConnect that supports their future ambitions.” David Selby, Vice President of Product and Strategy of euNetworks

    Call us today to discuss your network +35316624399