Crafting yet another impressive milestone on its track records, ZTT has successfully delivered a 1,000km submarine optic fiber cable for a repeatered system in March 2016. Utilizing ZTT’s Universal Joint-certified repeatered cable, the deep sea trial of 4,000m water depth was conducted in year 2015. This success firmly stems ZTT’s progression commitment in excelling in long length and deep sea capability. Moving a step ahead of Asian manufacturers, ZTT submarine cable has been widely used in North & South America, the Middle East, and Australia; including South Asia region for the telecom industry, the oil & gas industry, and other oceanic research institutes.
ANALYSIS: For some time, the rise of at least one Chinese manufacturer of submarine fiber optic cable has been expected, filling the gap left by the closure of the Hitachi plant in Japan. The jury is still out as to whether this will be ZTT or ZTE or both but this announcement is another milestone for Chinese participation in this industry.
The announcement confuses a field test conducted in 2015 with delivery of cable for a real project in 2016. This project is difficult to identify, given that there are a number of ongoing projects that could conceivably use this length of cable. It is likely that the ZTT cable is being used as part of a turnkey solution by Chinese system supplier, Huawei Marine. If this is the case, then the two ongoing installations that were awarded to HMN and require 1,000 km of cable are Sakhalin-Kamchatka for Rostelecom of Russia or Maldives Domestic for Ooredoo Maldives. In either case, HMN would have had to heavily discount the turnkey price in order for the Purchaser to accept the risk of using cable from a manufacturer with, despite its claims, very little track record.
Julian Rawle, Author
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