Global pricing disparity -> Somali piracy

Jeffrey Lyon jeffrey.lyon at
Fri May 22 15:00:20 CDT 2009

I can only imagine that costs are indeed affected. Companies
requesting combatant ship escorts are required to reimburse the
escorting nation.

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On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 3:41 PM, Martin Hannigan
<martin at> wrote:
> FYI, I thought this was interesting reading for the workaholics among us as
> we head into the holiday weekend in the United States. I'd also like to
> follow it with an (hopefully) interesting question.
> The costs of wholesale bandwidth are significantly disparate by region, duh,
> but this article demonstrates how disparate.
> I was also recently discussing why some of these costs are disparate with a
> colleague in the African region and he had an interesting question that I
> thought would be operational enough to ask here.
> Are any African or Middle East costs being influenced by the Somali piracy
> problem? Is the deployment of Eassy being impacted by the piracy issue? The
> cable ships are sitting ducks for pirate attacks during lay and repair
> operations. There's one cable lay operation being guarded by the French
> Navy, likely an Alcatel operation.
> I'm interested to hear from anyone with direct knowledge (offline, I'll
> summarize back if it's worth it, maybe even a lightning talk for Philly?) on
> the impact. I suspect that it's possible that it could add cost to
> maintenance agreements with any security caveats, but since most cable
> operations taking place now were negotiated before the problem heightened,
> perhaps not. I'd like to know if you know.
> Best,
> Martin Hannigan
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