Market Studies
Telecom Power 2000:
Telecom Opportunities for Electric Utilities

Published: December 1999

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Municipal and private utilities, suppliers of electricity, water and gas, are shedding their stagnant image and are aggressively expanding their services into the high-speed world of telecommunications. Utilities are uniquely positioned to enter the telecom service markets since they already possess three critical building blocks: rights-of-way and customers. The rights-of-way, telecommunications infrastructure and customers. The rights-of-way fall along the utilities' existing gas, electric or sewage networks, and their potential customers are those already being serviced by these essential utilities. As a result, power companies have, to varying extents, been exploring and investing in the necessary telecom equipment for building a competitive communications network. This study examines the various telecom service options currently being debated and implemented by municipal utilities. In addition, it addresses the technological options and barriers and examine the core competencies utilities possess or need to adopt in order to be successful telecom service providers.

There are a number of types of telecommunications service opportunities available to power companies. The location of the utility, size of the customer base, existing telecom expertise and available rights-of-way will determine the types of services to be provided. The utility must determine what amount of the network will be for internal communications and what percentage for new business opportunities. Some utilities are installing telecom equipment solely for internal uses, such as automatic meter reading for electric and water meters. If the utilities' intentions include external use of the telecom network, they must first decide what type of services they will provide and, hence, the appropriate technology to be used in the network. In other words, utilities must decide whether they want to be Internet Service Providers (ISPs), cable television providers, long-distance providers, competitive local-exchange carriers (CLECs) or fiber network owners who lease capacity to other carriers.

Table of Contents

1. International Telecommunication Traffic Growth
1.1. International Traffic Directions
1.2. Drivers Of International Telecommunication Growth - Part I: Voice Traffic
1.2.1. Imts
1.2.2. Fax

2. Reasons For Growth
2.1. The Internet
2.2. Deregulation, Privatization And Liberalization
2.3. Changing Roles For Carriers
2.4. Cost Reductions

3. The Internet
3.1. Internet Growth
3.2. Driver Of International Telecommunication Growth - Part Ii: Data Traffic
3.2.1. Electronic Commerce
3.2.2. E-mail
3.2.3. On-line Information Services
3.2.4. Other Data Applications
3.2.5. Video Transmission
3.3. Driver Of International Telecommunication Growth - Part Iii: Voip
3.4. How Long Will Growth Be Sustained?

4. Technology
4.1. Cable Capacity
4.2. Network Configurations
4.3. Fiber Optics Versus Satellites
4.4. Repeatered And Unrepeatered Systems

5. New Market Opportunities
5.1. Market Potential For Carriers
5.2. Market Potential For Suppliers
5.3. Market Potential For Installation, Maintenance And Repair Companies
5.4. Worldwide Opportunities
5.4.1. The Us
5.4.2. Asia
5.4.3. The Americas
5.4.4. Europe
5.4.5. Africa
5.4.6. Oceania
5.4.7. Regional Comparisons

6. Worldwide Repeatered Systems

7. Inter-regional Systems
7.1. Inter-regional Systems: A New Trend
7.2. Existing And Planned Inter-regional Systems
7.3. Description Of Inter-regional Systems
7.3.1. Flag - Fiber-optic Link Around The Globe
7.3.2. Oxygen
7.3.3. Safe (South Africa - Far East)
7.3.4. Sea-me-we (South East Asia - Middle East - Western Europe)

8. Atlantic Systems
8.1. Regional Context
8.2. Existing And Planned Systems In The Atlantic
8.2.1. Existing Systems In The Atlantic
8.2.2. Planned Systems For The Atlantic Basin
8.3. Description Of Main Systems In The Atlantic
8.3.1. Atlantic Crossing - Ac-1
8.3.2. Atlantis
8.3.3. Cantat-3 (Canada Transatlantic-3)
8.3.4. Columbus
8.3.5. Gemini
8.3.6. Mid-atlantic Crossing - Mac
8.3.7. Maya
8.3.8. Sat (South-atlantic)
8.3.9. Trans Atlantic Telephone - Tat
8.3.10. Other Systems In The Atlantic Region

9. Pacific Systems
9.1. Regional Context
9.2. Existing And Planned Systems In The Pacific
9.2.1. Existing Systems In The Pacific Basin
9.2.2. Planned Systems For The Pacific Basin
9.3. Description Of Main Systems In The Pacific
9.3.1. Alaska United
9.3.2. China-us
9.3.3. Guam-philippines (G-p)
9.3.4. Japan-us Cable Network
9.3.5. Northstar
9.3.6. Pacific Crossing (Pc-1)
9.3.7. Southern Cross
9.3.8. Trans Pacific - Tpc
9.3.9. Other Pacific Basin Systems

10. Far East Systems
10.1. Regional Context
10.2. Existing And Planned Systems In The Far East
10.2.1. Existing Systems In The Far East
10.2.2. Planned Systems For The Far East
10.3. Description Of Main Systems In The Far East
10.3.1. Regional Systems
10.3.2. Country-to-country Systems
10.3.3. Domestic Systems In The Far East China And Hong Kong Japan Indonesia Malaysia The Philippines Thailand Taiwan

11. Caribbean Systems
11.1. Regional Context
11.2. Existing And Planned Systems In The Caribbean
11.3. Description Of Main Systems In The Caribbean

12. South-american Systems
12.1. Regional Context
12.2. Existing And Planned Systems South America
12.3. Description Of Main Systems In South America
12.3.1. Americas
12.3.2. Pan-american Crossing (Pac)
12.3.3. Other Systems In South America

13. African And Middle East Systems
13.1. Regional Context
13.2. Existing And Planned Systems In Africa And The Middle East
13.3. Description Of Main Systems In Africa And The Middle East
13.3.1. Africa One
13.3.2. Fog (Fiber Optic Golf)

14. Europe
14.1. Regional Context
14.2. Existing And Planned Systems In Europe
14.3. Description Of Main Systems In Europe
14.3.1. The Mediterranean Basin
14.3.2. The Black Sea
14.3.3. Scandinavia, The Baltic Region, The North Sea And The Channel

15. Carriers
15.1. Ptts And Alliances
15.1.1. At&T
15.1.2. C&W
15.1.3. Concert
15.1.4. Global One
15.1.5. Hongkong Tel
15.1.6. Mciworldcom
15.1.7. Singtel
15.1.8. Sprint
15.1.9. Telstra
15.1.10. Worldpartners
15.2. New Generation Carriers
15.2.1. Ctr
15.2.2. Flag Telecom Ltd.
15.2.3. Global Crossing
15.2.4. Level 3 Communications
15.2.5. Pacific Gateway Exchange (Pge)
15.2.6. World Net Communications Inc.

16. Suppliers Of Systems (typical)
16.1. Alcatel Ns
16.2. Kdd Submarine Cable Systems (Kdd-scs)
16.3. Pirelli
16.4. Simplex Technologies Inc. (Simplex)
16.5. Tssl (Tyco Submarine Systems Ltd.)

17. Suppliers Of Sub-systems And Components(typical)
17.1. Corning
17.2. Alcatel Usa (And Dsc)
17.3. Ericsson
17.4. Fibercore
17.5. Fujistsu
17.6. Lucent Technologies
17.7. Nec
17.8. Ntt - Submarine Cable Engineering Center
17.9. Siemens
17.10. Spectran
17.11. Others

18. Installers And Maintenance Companies(typical)
18.1. Cable &Wireless Marine (C&W Marine)
18.2. General Offshore
18.3. International Cableship Pte Ltd
18.4. Kdd-scs
18.5. Simplex Technologies
18.6. Sb Submarine Systems Ltd. (Sbss)
18.7. Tssl