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Chapter 5. The Manufacture and Laying of Submarine Cables

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Chapter Summary

This chapter provides an overview of the detailed planning and installation of the telecommunications cables that operate to transmit voice, data and internet communications around the world. It also provides an overview of the application for permits, cable manufacture, ship loading and laying operations. One of the major problems with coastal State regulations relating to submarine cables is the absence of a lead agency. The survey of the cable system route provides the information that is needed to refine the planned route and to determine the type of subsea plant and cable lengths to be manufactured. National telecommunications agencies frequently only address telecommunications standardization, licensing and competition issues and may not be familiar with maritime issues. The chapter discusses the law and policy challenges for laying operations, and concludes with some recommendations on how these challenges can be addressed.

Keywords: cable manufacture; cable system route; ship loading; submarine cables; telecommunications cables



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