This paper considers the significance of deepwater cable laying accuracy to the telecommunications industry and discusses the factors that influence laying accuracy. The distinction between the accuracy with which the touchdown position at a given time is known compared to the more accurately known final seabed plant positions is discussed. Typical worked examples of cable laying operations are given to aid understanding both of likely levels of accuracy and of which variables are the most important for a given situation.
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