Quintillion Releases Report on Biggest Challenges Facing Submarine Cable Companies
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, USA, December 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The submarine cable industry is experiencing immense growth and continues to be an integral part of the global Internet infrastructure system. Quintillion has released a new report outlining many of the challenges facing the submarine cable industry amid this growth as fiber optic companies seek to expand their systems and deliver high-speed broadband to more ‘places in the world.
This report explains one of the biggest challenges facing the submarine cable industry after shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. With many factories around the world shutting down and stopping production for a while, there have been shortages of critical components needed to build submarine cables.
Some of these shortages include fiber optic cables, ODN infrastructure, and semiconductor chips. These shortages are prolonging construction projects and projections show that it may take up to two years for the industry to catch up.
Another challenge facing companies serving remote sites is getting materials to the job site. This is a major issue in Alaska, where Quintillion has built its network of submarine and land fiber optic cables. The cost of supply in Alaska is much higher than in the 48.
Many submarine cable companies are also struggling to find financing for fiber optic cable networks. While there are several financing options, such as private investors or federal funding, companies are not always aware of who their stakeholders are and may find it difficult to finance the high costs of building these networks.
In addition, the process of building fiber optic cable networks is time consuming and labor intensive. Companies must plan routes, load ships with cables and bury cable lines under the seabed. And bad weather conditions, ice structures, and other environmental factors can create additional obstacles.
And, finally, the construction of real submarine cable routes is a long-term process. Companies to plot routes, navigate weather conditions and install cables underground using cable ships. These issues are often regional, with more remote locations or areas with extreme weather conditions being more difficult to integrate.
Maintaining these systems is also a challenge. Trawlers, anchors and marine life can potentially damage cables, and national security concerns and data vulnerability are also concerns.
Quintillion is an Alaska-based company in Anchorage that built the first and only submarine fiber-optic cable in the US Arctic. To learn more about the network, visit the Quintillion website.
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