Analysis Shows That Many Atlantic European Fiber Optic Cables Reaching Full Capacity

DUBLIN, Ireland—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 16, 2006— Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c29175) has announced the addition of Pioneer Consulting's "New Business Models for the Transatlantic & Europe Atlantic Submarine Cable Industry 2006" to their offering.

Ever since the last submarine fibre optic cable construction boom came to an end in 2001, the transatlantic market has been notorious for overcapacity and plummeting bandwidth prices. Equally, the regional "Europe Atlantic" submarine fibre optic market at the eastern end of the transatlantic cables saw many new operators build cables only to find that their business plans had underestimated the effect of competition on bandwidth prices and had overestimated growth in demand.

Four years on and the industry mantra remains the same: "The transatlantic market is dead, don't go there." However, this preliminary analysis shows that the broadband revolution upon which those earlier business plans were predicated is now finally becoming a reality in Europe. Bandwidth demand growth is robust, bandwidth price decline has slowed and may even have stabilised on certain routes, and there are rumours in the industry of carrier's secretly forming consortia to forward purchase transatlantic IRU's. Furthermore, this analysis shows that there are many first and second generation fibre optic cables in the Europe Atlantic region which must be reaching full capacity and proving expensive to maintain.

For these reasons, Pioneer's tried and tested proprietary methodology is now being used to reveal what the real demand-supply situation is in these markets and to forecast how quickly they are likely to come back to equilibrium. In addition to forecasts of supply and demand, the report will also profile all existing, planned, and proposed submarine fibre optic systems in these markets and provide an assessment of carrier competitor market shares.

Key topics covered include:

-- New Business Models for the Transatlantic & Europe Atlantic Submarine Cable Industry

-- Country-Specific Demand Forecasts

-- Competitor Analysis

-- Supply-Demand Balance Forecast

-- Conclusion

Transatlantic and Europe Atlantic Intra-Regional Cables

-- Apollo

-- Atlantis-2

-- CANTAT-3

-- Columbus-2

-- Columbus-3

-- FLAG Atlantic-1 (FA-1)

-- Hibernia Atlantic

-- Tata Transatlantic

-- Yellow

-- Celtic

-- Circe

-- Concerto #1

-- Esat

-- Farice

-- Farland

-- Ingrid System

-- Linx

-- NorSea

-- Rioja

-- Sirius

-- Solas

-- Tangerine

-- Tata Northern Europe

-- Tata Western Europe

-- Ulysses

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c29175



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