November 1984 | NTIA Contractor Report CR-84-31

1984 World's Submarine Telephone Cable Systems

Howard H Schenck; Leo Waldrick

Abstract: Although many listings of submarine telephone cable systems existed prior to 1975, none was sufficiently extensive nor authoritative to serve as a reference work for those interested in the role of submarine telephone cables in the world's telecommunication network. Consequently the United States Department of Commerce sponsored the publication in 1975 of World's Submarine Telephone Cable Systems. This second edition provides detailed data profiles for all systems known to have been placed into service through the end of 1983. For those projects due for completion in 1984, there are descriptions containing as much information as is available in mid-1984. Finally the status—insofar as is known—of other projects: those pending, deferred, and indefinite, is given. There is a listing of system-owning entities, mostly governmental but some investor-owned, and manufacturers and system construction contractors are listed. There are maps showing the general cable situation in areas of the world's oceans and seas, a glossary, and a bibliography. An appendix lists all cableships of consequence since 1900 with dates of commissioning and retirement.

Keywords: submarine cable systems; fiber optic systems; telephone cable systems; submerged electronic amplifiers

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Ed Drocella, Chief,
Spectrum Engineering and Analysis Division
Office of Spectrum Management
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(202) 482-1652

Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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