Tech giants are increasingly buying up underwater communications equipment as the cost of designing and building them has increased.
And they’re getting more aggressive as the technology matures.
The Wall Street Journal has an inside look at what’s going on.
READ MORERead moreRead moreWall Street Journal report:Tech giants are now getting more ambitious as the tech matures”The trend is to go into the space with the intention of being able to do the work at the lowest cost,” said Andrew C. Bresnahan, chief executive officer of the Communications and Electronics Alliance, which represents companies including Google, Facebook, and Intel.
He said the alliance is working on a proposal to create a single standard for underwater wireless technology.
The Alliance is partnering with several other groups including the United States Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization.
It is also looking at ways to incorporate underwater technologies into existing wireless systems, such as fiber optic cables, that are deployed to support commercial shipping.
The alliance has also said it is working with commercial providers to develop a standard for the technology.
Bresnah said his group has also begun working with companies that already manufacture underwater communication equipment.
Those include the German company Avanti, and the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
The companies are among a group of suppliers that Bresnaah said are looking for opportunities in the market.
“If you look at Huawei and Avantis underwater technology, it’s very similar,” he said.
The alliance is looking to bring more underwater technology to market in a phased manner.
That means the companies may choose to produce new technology, such a new version of an existing underwater communications system, or they may move toward commercialization.
Bregman said he believes the Alliance will eventually produce an industry standard for submerged communications equipment.
In recent years, underwater communication technology has become a key part of the global war on terror and the government has been looking for ways to use the technology to protect people and assets from attack.
The United States is the only country that has deployed its own submarine-based communications system.
It relies on a series of underwater cables to transmit signals from the U.S. mainland to the South China Sea.
The cables are anchored by aircraft.