IT growth to require use of subsea cables

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IT expenditure is climbing as more and more priority is placed on deploying internet dependent technology solutions in companies around the world, and as consumers continue placing ever-increasing emphasis on their personal technology capabilities. New IT developments will require substantial network investments, including the development of new subsea cables.

"Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.8 trillion in 2014, a 3.1 percent increase from 2013 spending of $3.7 trillion," a spokesperson from research firm Gartner said.

The IT industry has grown rapidly over the past decade thanks to development of advanced technologies at lower costs. This change has meant emerging market adoption has climbed, in addition to expansion of existing IT infrastructure in established markets. Key to IT infrastructure growth is deployment of new support networks to bolster communication times and reliability.

While investments have been made in satellite technologies to reach remote areas, subsea cables ultimately provide the strongest option for the IT sector. With increasing reliance on internet services from a number of areas, reliable and secure communication is needed.

Subsea cables guarantee reliability, thanks to the advanced nature of the cables and the complex installation and protection processes used. A subsea cable is manufactured to the highest standards, using only the purest glass for fibre, and state-of-the-art insulation technologies.

When it comes time to lay the cable, complex burial techniques are used depending on the location and seabed material. If the seafloor cannot be excavated using air/water pressure, a rocksaw trencher is able to cut through and lay the cable. This means the cable is protected from any surface damage or interference.

IT growth is certain to continue over the next decade as use of internet platforms grows. Everything from YouTube to video conferencing requires massive amounts of bandwidth, compounding the need for strong communication and network solutions such as subsea cables. In emerging markets, these cables will likely be laid in increasing numbers.

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