CABLE&WIRELESS The Submarine System Engineering (SSE) division of Cable&Wireless
Worldwide is a world-leading team with specialist experience in all
aspects of the engineering and management of submarine cable projects.
We distinguish ourselves by utilising the vast experience, Drawing on our current experience and the contract negotiations
skills and engineering knowledge gained over a lifetime we regularly undertake, C&W Worldwide is in a position to provide
of ensuring that the Cable&Wireless Worldwide group’s expert support to any planned new submarine cable system,
best interests are always being served and transferring based on the most up to date technical and commercial
the same level of dedication, service and expertise technology available from suppliers across the industry.
to other carriers in need of that level of support.
We will help you minimise risk and maximise value from the
Our involvement in many projects worldwide has resulted in project, by providing advice and support relating to any and all
unparalleled success. The C&W Worldwide SSE whole-lifecycle aspects of a submarine cable installation and the related activities.
approach combines industry-leading consultancy and design
services, with custom development and integration capabilities, C&W Worldwide has many years’ experience covering all
to deliver submarine cable solutions that meet business needs conceivable aspects of submarine networks enabling us to
today and well into the future. And the story doesn’t end there. develop solutions required to provide secure connections
Once services are implemented, C&W Worldwide SSE and its throughout the design life of the system, recognising the
partners have the expertise to operate and maintain the system, payback period and need for effective installation planning
helping customers to optimise their investments, minimise risks and considering future maintenance starting with adequate
and achieve exceptional performance. installation design parameters.
Market Awareness Tender Analysis and Contract Negotiation
C&W Worldwide maintains relationships with and manages cable C&W Worldwide provides these services to worldwide clients.
systems throughout the world. These relationships keep us in By collating all relevant information, C&W Worldwide SSE is able
day-to-day touch with engineering abilities and capabilities of to form either stand-alone tender packages (to be submitted to
suppliers, changes in market conditions, knowledge of best prospective cable suppliers and installers), or support ongoing
industry practices, etc. We understand the market and know activities by validation of requirements and/or evaluation of
which suppliers are best qualified to provide the most cost responses. C&W Worldwide can carry out all negotiations
effective services. We analyse patterns, trends and abilities with the suppliers to allow the client to select the best deal.
and use these to the best advantage of our customers.
Negotiation Skills System Design
Successful negotiations can provide significant reductions in Drawing on our many years’ experience of the ever increasing range
C&W Worldwide has a track record construction costs and provide confidence that the correct cable of technologies available, enables C&W Worldwide to arrive rapidly
of successfully negotiating large designs, installation specifications and techniques are being at engineering solutions best suited to our customers’ specific
embedded into the construction contracts and delivered on requirements. Our thorough familiarity with the abilities and
and small system contracts on time and within budget. technology available in the industry, together with our independence
behalf of ourselves and our clients, of suppliers, not only allows us access to the latest knowledge,
adding value and engineering This will provide confidence in the design life and will reduce designs and products, but also enables us to identify which will
the long-term ongoing operation and maintenance costs competitively meet the needs of our customer.
expertise as a matter of course. over the operational period.
Our services are designed to support every aspect of a project
C&W Worldwide has a track record of successfully negotiating large through all phases, from inception to Ready for Service (RFS)
and small system contracts on behalf of ourselves and our clients, and into Operation and Maintenance (O&M). Indeed we are able to
adding value and engineering expertise as a matter of course. offer any combination of these project aspects, from design authority
to system operator, at any level to meet any customer’s requirements.
Solutions developed and offered by C&W Worldwide SSE will bring
added value to your project, at whatever stage of development it
currently exists. The experience we have gained over many years
within the industry enables us to say with confidence that where
C&W Worldwide has been employed in a consultancy capacity, we
have been able to make savings and add value, quality and efficiency
for our customers that has far exceeded the cost of our involvement.
As we cover every aspect of design, planning, construction, operation
and maintenance of submarine cable systems plus other similar roles
it is almost certain we can cost effectively support and add value to
your plans across their development.
Business Case Preparation Preliminary System Design System Specification Commercial Documentation
and Analysis (pre-contract)
Review of key system design criteria Drafting of memoranda of understanding
Initial data gathering to obtain Preliminary route engineering
information about the interest of Designing system architecture Drafting of shareholder agreements
other owners for potential new System design
systems and system upgrades Writing technical specifications Drafting of construction and
System security considerations maintenance agreements
Strategic planning and development and solutions System Design
proposals (including upgrades) for Network Preparation and negotiation
international submarine networks, Cost estimations Cable of marine survey contracts
based on the capacity forecasts and Repeater
cost targets provided by the Customer Assessment of project requirements, PFE Preparation and negotiation
products and suppliers. SLTE of system supply contracts.
Commercial guidance and support for BU
the wholesale procurement and sale of Facilities
international capacity either IRU or lease QA
as may be requested by the Customer
Conducting design reviews
Analysis of capacity requirements with system suppliers. Tender Preparation
based on capacity forecast provided
by the Customer (and other
operators where applicable)
System technical description and
costing for the business case
Analysis of project risks
Analysis of project dependencies.
AND DESIGN AND ACQUISITION
Project Management Cable Consortium Quality Assurance System Integration Cable Route Study
The project management service Supplier audits The Systems Integration service is a
from C&W Worldwide SSE involves Represent and promote the customers process running from System Design
the supply of a Project Manager and investment interests in consortium and Design assurance to Final Acceptance that delivers a Supplier Audit
Project Support Office (as appropriate) private submarine cable infrastructure sustainable and documented solution
to undertake full Project management Product acceptance to any submarine system business
of any or all aspects of the following: Submarine cable consortium committee requirement or technology problem.
liaison, representation and support Factory acceptance testing Terminal Site Survey
Preparation of Project Plan (including committee and sub-committee This service may be applicable when clients
chairmanships) with the objective of Load monitoring are sourcing different parts of a solution
Preparation and management protecting and promoting the interests for a submarine system from different
of project budgets of the customer, to oversee and pursue Land cable testing vendors and require assurance of system Marine Survey
issues with other administrations as performance and ongoing support for the Administration
Project assurance may be requested by the customer Marine installation rep. particular solution. The service runs as an
overlay to the basic services delivered for
Risk management Representation in other forums as In-station testing any new system or upgrade, and includes
required by the customer for effective some or all of the following elements:
Quality management management of submarine interests System commissioning
Change control Liaison with other carrier entities to Provisional Acceptance
maximise the mutual benefits either Design authority
Co-ordination of all resources cost, network resilience or other Final Acceptance.
required to fulfil the scope of work requirements that may be defined. Network and System Design
Assessment of potential problem areas Solution validation
and development of work around plans
Regular and detailed reporting
to Project Board Acceptance
Monitoring of supplier performance Maintenance and technical support.
Customer and project supplier
Detailed final reports.
IMPLEMENTATION C&W Worldwide has pioneered many of
the project management methodologies
in use in the submarine industry today,
and continues to innovate.
General Repair Support Maintenance Authority Spares and Shore End
Routine Activities Inventory Management Inspection
Maintain and manage relevant Working in conjunction with the cable
marine charts system Landing Parties for fault Submarine cable system information Co-ordination of spares pooling to Management of shore end inspections
diagnosis, estimation of initial management including updating minimise depot storage costs to provide reports to common standard
fault localisation: route position lists (RPL), straight line
diagrams (SLD) and repair information. Regularly review spares pooling Management of remedial
Customer Representation Liaison with the marine maintenance opportunities for consortium submarine works to shore ends
contractors (i.e. ACMA) for Compilation and maintenance cable systems to minimise depot storage
Monitoring, collecting and representing refining the fault location of repair history costs regularly with the objective of Management of marine sanctuary liaison
the customer interests within international making recommendations to appropriate
committees such as NASCA & ICPC; Operational planning, co-ordination Compilation and maintenance of cable O&M subcommittees (O&MSC) Maintain continuity membership
distribution and distribution of feedback with marine maintenance service system information provided by on regional cables O&M and
providers and third party network marine maintenance contractor Annual testing of spare repeaters AR&R commitees to promote the
Provide routine Representation at ACMA or other operations centres (NOC) for interests of the customer to maintain
Maintenance Authority management agreements, meetings implementation of repair Maintain list of cable crossings Annual testing / assessment of spare oversight and pursue issues with
(“MA”) and operation & distribution of feedback. cable test results from depots third party administrations.
and maintenance Post repair analysis and review of marine Assessment of proposed cable crossings
activities for submarine maintenance contractor’s repair report, Recommendations for replacement
cables (the “O&M recovered / expended spare plant Management of submarine link of depleted spare cables
Services”) in support Central Point of Contact test equipment
of the Customer (Duty Engineer 7 X 24 X 365) Forensic analysis of maintenance Recommendations for
cable systems. service provider billing to ensure billing Review of routine fibre loss replacement depleted joint kits
Provide a central point of contact consistent with operations reporting measurements and submarine cable
contactable on a 7 x 24 x 365 basis system measurements and trend analysis Assessment and qualification
on all submarine cable system Acceptance of refurbished or management for replacement cable types
maintenance issues, incidents or event replenishment of plant Consultancy support on environmental
issues (e.g. compliance with Assessment and management of
Provide liaison with the customers Provision of shipboard representation landing licence requirements, local spares levels (e.g. land cable,
international network management during marine maintenance preparation of method statements jointing kits, articulated pipe).
teams (i.e. RNMC, Regional NOC contractor’s repair to be agreed for marine support activities)
and BU Management) during a and charged separately.
submarine cable incident or event. Training and support to new
submarine system staff
Maintain library of land route records.
OPERATIONS Over 250 cable 20 Years of optical
systems installed leadership in over
since 1860 100 systems
Audit and Optimisation Services Contact Details
C&W Worldwide SSE can provide custom services to evaluate
current submarine network capacity, performance and utilisation Nigel R. Fisher
(audit) and make recommendations for system reconfiguration, firstname.lastname@example.org
retirement or upgrade (optimisation).
Submarine Systems Engineering
General Consultancy Longshot Lane
C&W Worldwide SSE can provide ad-hoc consultancy support on Bracknell
any issues affecting submarine cables, including, environmental RG12 1XL
issues, assessment of project requirements, products and suppliers,
advice on system manufacturers and contractors. T: +44 (0) 1344 713 925
M: +44 (0) 7789 394 309
Custom work is scoped and quoted for. F: +44 (0) 1344 726 767
Cable&Wireless Worldwide plc Registered Office Address: Liberty House, 76 Hammersmith Road,
London W14 8UD, UK. Cable&Wireless Worldwide pursues a policy of continuous development of
its products and services. This document is for guidance only and doesn’t form part of any contract.
It is subject to change without notice.
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