Subsea Cables: A Lesson in Delivering Connectivity

Subsea Cables: A Lesson in Delivering Connectivity


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Twenty years ago, Internet users were mainly located in the U.S. and connections and usage were low. Today’s users are from all parts of the globe and they want high-speed access to people and information wherever they are.

The global platform that allows consumers or businesses from across the globe stay connected is built on decades of long-term investments in undersea cables that provide connectivity between landmasses. Nearly all international data traffic, including Internet, phone calls, and text messages, transmits through subsea cables.

We have seen a surge in the construction of new cable systems that also are connecting developing and emerging economies and bringing improved access to high capacity data transmission at competitive costs. With the optimal regulatory frameworks in place to help deploy and maintain these cables, we can encourage further deployment and upgrades of undersea cables.

In a world where technology is constantly changing and evolving, it’s important that public policies are flexible and encourage investments in faster connectivity – on land, in the air, or under the sea.

To share our subsea cable policy and operational experiences with others, AT&T recently hosted a course on Subsea Cable Design, Construction and Maintenance through the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI). USTTI is a nonprofit, government-industry partnership, which helps provide tuition-free training on a range of ICT-related technical and policy matters for communications professionals, regulators and entrepreneurs from the developing world.

During the course, we hosted 16 professionals from nine countries at our Global Network Operations Center in New Jersey. To enable the participants to see the technologies first hand, the course culminated with a tour of one of our cable landing stations.

You can learn more about the history and deployment of subsea cable systems by clicking on the video below.

Since 1982, USTTI has graduated over 9,260 communications officials, regulators, and entrepreneurs from 175 developing countries through its tuition-free courses on various topics. To date, they have received more than 9,500 applications to attend this year.

AT&T has been a proud supporter of USTTI – training more than 800 people in various courses since 1983. Through its diverse curriculum, the USTTI continues to highlight innovative technologies and services pioneered in the United States, while also highlighting the vital role of independent regulatory bodies in promoting economic growth in the global marketplace. For more information on USTTI, click here.

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