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Together We Enable Global Communications

The Undersea Telecommunications Industry surrounds itself with first-class organizations from around the globe. These affiliations assist us all in enabling global communications together.


The ICPC has 76 Members from over 40 countries who are major owners or operators of submarine cables. The purpose of the ICPC is to help safeguard the submarine cable portions of power and telecommunications networks from human and natural hazards. This is achieved by sharing expert knowledge and promoting ideas that are beneficial to the protection of submarine cable systems worldwide.

For more information visit www.iscpc.org


Cable owners, MECMA takes care of 37,000 NM of your submarine cables from Gibraltar to the East of the Black Sea and down to Djibouti. MECMA is an organisation based on a customer oriented cooperative agreement and a fixed price service contract. The quality of the MECMA service is measured at any time. MECMA gathers 41 Signatories.

If you are a Cable Owner and you want to query information please contact j.genoux@wanadoo.fr


The Atlantic Cable Repair and Maintenance Agreement (ACMA) is a not-for-profit cooperative agreement among more than fifty companies on four continents. It is run by its member companies for the benefit of the cable owners. Its goal is to provide the highest quality repair and maintenance service available anywhere at the lowest possible price. Specially-designed cable ships, each with its own dedicated ROV, with experienced crews and the most modern equipment, are available at strategically located base ports throughout the Atlantic Ocean to undertake repairs, wherever and whenever needed. Because of its asset- and cost-sharing methodology, it offers unparalleled service at a fraction of what it would cost to provide to individual systems. And because of its not-for-profit nature, 100% of all savings is shared among the member companies.

For further information, visit our website at www.acmaweb.net or contact Antonio Anta, ACMA Chairman, at +34 669858914 or at antonio.anta.ext@telefonica.com.


The Submarine Cable Improvement Group (SCIG) was formed in 1995 by four industry leaders, Alcatel Submarine Networks, Global Marine Systems Ltd, Kokusai Cable Ship Co., Ltd. and Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc., "to develop cost-effective approaches and solutions to improve cable reliability and to communicate these to relevant international parties". Collectively, the four companies and their predecessors have led the undersea cable industry for over a century. The SCIG has developed and distributed guidelines for cable engineering, cable burial depths and for the burial of cable in deepwater. In addition, the Group has published several papers on cable faults and other topics.

Our Information Guide can be viewed on, and downloaded from, the SCIG web site at www.scig.net.


The South East Asia Indian Ocean Cable Maintenance Agreement or SEAIOCMA in abbreviation was first signed on 1st June 1986. Today, its membership counts more than twenty cable system operators representing more than thirty cable systems.

The SEAIOCMA provides cable repair and maintenance services to its members whose submarine cables are laid in the larger of the ocean areas bounded either by the cables or by the Great Circle Lines connecting Djibouti in the West, Perth in the South, Guam in the East and Toucheng (Taiwan) in the North.

The resources under the SEAIOCMA comprise 3 cable ships which are strategically based in Cochin (India), Subic Bay (the Philippines) and Singapore and two cable depots that are located at Batangas (the Philippines) and Sembawang (Singapore). It is also planning to include other facilities.

For enquiries, you may wish to write to the SEAIOCMA Management Committee Chairman at sengkeat@singtel.com. Or you may visit the SEAIOCMA website www.seaiocma.com) for more information.

UJ Consortium

The Universal Jointing Consortium (UJC) members are committed to further advance the submarine cable industry by jointly, mutually, and cooperatively contributing to the evolution of submarine cable interconnection technologies.