GlobeNet’s COO, Erick Contag, tells why in Subtel Forum’s Latest Issue

Submarine Telecoms Forum’s latest issue, number 63, has hit the stands! The issue, focused on Subsea Capacity, features a noteworthy article from GlobeNet COO Erick Contag, “Leveraging Subsea Cable Systems for Video Transport Solutions.”

To recap the article a bit, when it comes to the Internet, submarine cable systems are a necessity for their ability to provide exceptional speed and reliability at the International level. Subsea cables deliver an enormous amount of capacity – the total carrying capacity of submarine cables is in the terabits per second – providing the fastest and broadest global interconnections available today.

Due to their extraordinary speed and high reliability, global submarine cable systems are ideal for carriers, service providers, and enterprises, as the systems provide ample capacity to meet the growing demand on their networks; and for national governments that view the network as an invaluable asset for their nations’ economies.

When it comes to long-haul video transport, submarine cable systems are, without a doubt, the best option to meet today’s increasing video demands across the globe.

According to Cisco Systems’ Visual Networking Index (VNI), Forecast & Methodology 2010-2015, Internet video will account for over 50 percent of consumer Internet traffic this year. In 2015, Cisco’s VNI predicts that it will take over five years to watch the amount of video that will cross-global IP networks every second. By this year alone one million minutes of video content will cross the network every second.

While satellite services may be ideal for point-to- multipoint applications and distribution of content, submarine cable networks with high performance capacity are designed to easily meet these accelerating bandwidth needs. The bandwidth available using a single fiber optic pair of a modern subsea cable is far greater than what several satellites can provide. Lower latency, significant bandwidth, less interference, and lower costs are major benefits of utilizing subsea cable systems versus satellite for high-capacity applications. Specifically, fiber optics experience low and uniform signal loss over a wide frequency range, and are virtually immune to all types of interference. Additionally, subsea cables have the benefit of being shielded from wind, trees, storms and other destructive forces; and will not “short out” in bad weather. Once laid on the bottom of the ocean, cables can be left untouched for 15 to 25 years depending on conditions and location.

Read full article, here.

GlobeNet, an international provider of world-class transport solutions, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oi, Brazil’s leading full-service telecommunications provider, operates a 22,000 kilometer submarine fiber optic cable connecting the Americas.

GlobeNet’s low latency network has provided incredible contributions to key verticals including the fast growing video market. Learn more about GlobeNet at or follow on Twitter @Globenet_Corp.

Erick Contag is the Chief Operating Officer for GlobeNet. Mr. Contag brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing, business development, strategy and corporate management expertise to GlobeNet. His responsibilities include strategic management of the company’s business operations as well as growing the business into new regions.