Southern Cross Cable chooses Pioneer Consulting for its on-board representation

Southern Cross Cable Network selected Pioneer Consulting to be its representative contact onboard the vessel as it deploys the NEXT transpacific submarine cable system.

The Trans-Pacific Submarine Cable System is a 13,494 kilometer-long cable that connects Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles, as well as the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Kiribati and Tokelau.

Scheduled for completion in 2022, the $ 350 million cable will provide 72 terabits per second (Tb / s) capacity. It also includes Alcatel Submarine Networks WSS ROADM units and the latest generation of submarine repeaters.

Pioneer Consulting will oversee operations including cable loading, cargo transfer, laying, post-lay and burying inspections, landings and project management.

The company also manages several other advisory tasks for Southern Cross, such as COVID-19 risk analysis, market analysis, investigation oversight, quality assurance, contractor coordination and others. tasks.

Southern Cross Cable Network Marketing and Sales Director Craige Sloots said: “Planning and building a NEXT system-wide submarine cable is a very complex project. “

He believes it is a team effort to make this a reality.

“Pioneer Consulting has been our primary consultant on the NEXT project from the very beginning, and we are happy to continue our partnership with their team to bring the project to fruition. ”

“Pioneer brings in-depth knowledge and experience, ranging from market research and engineering design to road surveying and COVID protocols. Our history with Pioneer makes it easy to feel confident in their ability to manage representation on board ships. ”

Pioneer Consulting Managing Partner Gavin Tully adds that the partnership continues a long-standing relationship between the two companies.

“This is an essential project that will improve the communication capacities and performance of several countries. It is also a complex and detailed engineering and logistics enterprise, and we could not be more excited to take such an active role in the cable laying process. ”

Pioneer Consulting recently worked for Crown Estate Scotland to conduct an analysis of the underwater telecommunications market in Europe and the North Atlantic.

The report noted that Scotland’s marine environment presents challenges, but they are “full of opportunities”.

Pioneer Consulting analyzed such things as the telecommunications infrastructure, the high frequency of submarine cable repairs and the cable routing constraints presented by ship and aircraft wrecks and other debris, as well as the process of acquiring a maritime license for submarine telecommunications cables in Scotland.

Potential landing points could be located near the Scottish Central Belt, which could attract large-scale data centers to the region.

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