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Difficulties Subsea Cable Companies Face

The subsea cable industry is a huge part of the world’s internet infrastructure system, and many companies, like Quintillion, are expanding the world’s current fiber optic network to bring high-speed broadband to more locations. As subsea fiber companies strive to build this infrastructure, there are several major issues the industry faces.

Challenges Supplying and Building Subsea Cable Networks

Shortages in the supplies needed to make fiber optic cables have stalled many fiber optic companies who are trying to expand or build new systems. While the industry has seen major growth, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down production plants that created ODN infrastructure, fiber cables, semiconductor chips. This has pushed several projects back one to two years. Another challenge is getting subsea cables to their intended destination. This is especially an issue in remote areas, which are more difficult and more expensive to transport the materials to.

Funding subsea cable building projects can also be challenging as most fiber optic companies are privately owned and need to finance expensive building projects. While there are several types of funding available, including private investors and federal or municipal funding, companies often struggle to identify their stakeholders.

And, finally, building the actual subsea cable routes is an extensive process. Companies to map out routes, navigate weather conditions, and install cables underneath the ground using cable ships. These issues are often regional, with more remote locations or areas with extreme weather being more difficult to build in.

Difficulties With Security and Maintenance

Once a subsea fiber optic cable network is built, companies need to maintain these systems and prevent damage from natural and human threats. These systems often require advanced monitoring systems and a plan for repairs.

Overcoming these challenges has been difficult for many subsea cable companies. A great deal of innovation and tenacity are required to succeed in the subsea cable industry, but many companies, like Quintillion, are striving to push through the quagmire and help create a more connected world.

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