Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks

  • Alcatel Lucent And Algerian Ministry Of Post, Information Technology And Communications To build Orval Undersea Cable System

    Press Release

    Paris, April 28, 2015

    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and the Algerian Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications, have signed a turnkey agreement for the deployment of the Orval system, an over 560 km fiber-optic undersea cable that will link Oran in Algeria to Valencia, Spain.

    With completion expected in 2016, the 100 gigabit-per-second system will deliver an ultimate design capacity of 20 terabit-per-seconds. This speed and capacity will facilitate the delivery of broadband services to an estimated 42 million Internet users in Algeria and Spain.

    Additionally, the Orval submarine cable system is part of the orsec plan which has been put in place by the Algerian Ministry in order to reinforce the ability to face natural disasters such as in the case of the earthquake in 2003 and of which strengthening international communications is a key element.

    Alcatel-Lucent will be lead contractor in charge of designing and manufacturing the system in consortium with IT Marine who will be responsible for marine operations.

    Commenting on the agreement, Abdelhak Benkrid, General Secretary of the MPITC,

    said: “Broadband access is a fundamental contributor to both businesses and consumers. The Orval network represents a strategic technology investment that will strengthen access to high-quality network services. Based on Alcatel-Lucent’s technology and expertise, Orval will give us an edge to continue developing our service offer to and to an increasing number of broadband users.”

    Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “The Orval undersea cable system will help meet the broadband demand and strengthen overall connectivity in the Mediterranean. As we enter in an upward cycle of submarine cables constructions, this new project highlights the continued need for higher capacity and connectivity that is critical for broadband expansion.”

    ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)

    Alcatel-Lucent is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network.

    For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on Twitter: @Alcatel_Lucent.

  • Alcatel-Lucent and Bluesky Pacific Group Launch New Submarine Cable System to Enhance Connectivity Across Pacific

    Press Release

    Moana Cable system will span more than 9,700 km, connecting New Zealand to Hawaii and Cook Islands to Samoa, enhancing capacity and ensuring redundancy across the region

    Paris, France, December 02, 2015

    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), has signed a turnkey contract with Amper, SA subsidiary Bluesky Pacific Group, to roll out a new submarine cable system spanning more than 9,700 km across the Pacific.

    Named Moana Cable, the system will link New Zealand and Hawaii using the latest submarine cable technology, providing much-needed capacity and redundancy in the region to address increased traffic requirements as mobile broadband and the provision of fiber access to homes and businesses take center stage in the region.

    With completion scheduled in 2018, the Moana Cable system will have two main segments: the first segment, based on two fiber pairs, will connect New Zealand to Hawaii over 8,000 km, serving Samoa and American Samoa and significantly enhancing route diversity for New Zealand; the second segment, based on one fiber pair, will link the Cook Islands to the Samoa hub over 1,700 km.

    The Moana Cable is also designed to accommodate the connection of additional Pacific island nations such as Niue, Tokelau and Tonga, which lie in close proximity to the New Zealand-to-Hawaii trunk, as well as French Polynesia on the East near the Cook Islands.

    The Moana Cable will be the first long-haul submarine cable in the Pacific islands region relying on the latest innovative 200 Gbit/s transmission technology, with ultimate capacity between Hawaii and New Zealand of 20 Terabits-per-second (Tb/s).

    Bluesky Pacific Group has a strong track record as a submarine cable owner and operator with its ASH Cable connecting American Samoa to Hawaii and SAS Cable connecting Samoa to American Samoa. Anchor customers of the Moana Cable include Bluesky Pacific Group companies and existing ASH Cable customers. Bluesky has also signed a memorandum of understanding with RAM Telecom International, Inc, for collaboration and interconnection with its SEA-US submarine cable linking Asia to Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. This technology partnership will enable the Moana Cable to provide unrivalled connectivity from New Zealand and the Pacific to the US and Asia.

    Jaime Espinosa de los Monteros, Amper CEO and Moana Cable Chairman, said: “Our investment in Moana Cable is in alignment with Amper’s strategy of growing our footprint in the Pacific and supporting Bluesky’s vision of connecting our pacific communities around the world. We anticipate our participation in Moana will be funded internally through existing free cash flow generated by Bluesky.”

    Adolfo Montenegro, Executive Committee Member of Amper and Bluesky Pacific Group CEO said: “We are committed to serving our customers best. For the Pacific Islands, it is important to tap into a digital highway between the larger markets to gain the benefit of economies of scale. In this instance the digital highway is Moana Cable connecting New Zealand and USA. Cost effective and reliable telecommunications bring significant benefits to education, commercial, medical and governmental activities and play a vital role in economic and social development.”

    Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “The continued need for broadband access is driving the new projects in the Asia-Pacific region and contributing to the upward trend the submarine cables industry is experiencing. We are pleased to work with Bluesky Pacific Group to enhance the social and economic development of the Pacific people, institutions and businesses by making available our expertise and knowledge of the Pacific area.”

    Under the terms of the contract, ASN will deploy its advanced submarine optical technology based on the innovative 1620 SOFTNODE and OADM branching units to maximize capacity and network flexibility. ASN will be responsible for the project on a turnkey basis, from system design to installation and commissioning, as well as marine operations (cable laying and maintenance).

     

    About Amper S.A. / Bluesky Pacific Group

    The Bluesky Pacific Group is a majority owned subsidiary of Amper SA.

    Bluesky Pacific Group is a leading regional telecommunications provider in the Pacific operating in Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand. The Group includes American Samoa Hawaii Cable, LLC, which owns and operates ASH Cable, from American Samoa to Hawaii, and SAS Cable connecting Samoa to American Samoa. ASH Cable LLC holds FCC licenses for landing cable in Hawaii and American Samoa and also holds a Samoa Submarine Cable Landing license.

     

    Amper S.A. Bluesky Pacific Group press contact

    Nicole Crump This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. T: +64 9 215 7858

     

    About Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks 

    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 575,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new Oil & Gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customers’ needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.

    ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)

    Alcatel-Lucent is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network.

    For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on Twitter: @Alcatel_Lucent.

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  • Alcatel-Lucent And GoTo Networks To build Australia West Express

    Press Release

    Paris, France, and Morristown, New Jersey, USA, May 11, 2015

    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), and GoTo Networks, a developer and operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, have signed a turnkey contract to build Australia West Express, the first direct undersea cable between Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

    The AWE system will span the Indian Ocean, connecting Perth in Australia and Djibouti in north-east Africa, with onward connectivity to provide an entirely new lower latency route to Europe. This will enhance traffic protection and extend broadband connectivity to new areas.  The system is planned to be ready for service by the end of 2016, and will have an ultimate design capacity of 20 Tbit/s.

    Specialist consulting firm, The David Ross Group (DRG), has been retained by the owners to assist them in the development of the new system and start-up of the new business.

    Commenting on the project, John Mariano, GoTo Networks Founder and CEO said: “AWE will support a wide variety of consumer and enterprise broadband services for Australasia economies and recognize Europe’s increasing importance as a destination for internet traffic. Leveraging ASN’s innovation and 200 Gbit/s transmission technology, we are also positioning for further scalability to address future growth in ultra-broadband traffic and applications”

    Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “The creation of the Australia West Express comes at a period of increasing interest in new international routes to reliably carry increasing volumes of data traffic as global demand for ultra-broadband access rises. We are pleased to work with GoTo Networks on the AWE system that will offer unmatched cable route diversity which is critical for traffic routing and protection.”

    The ASN solution will be based on the innovative 1620 SOFTNODE and R-OADM branching unit to maximize capacity and network flexibility over the latest generation of Coherent Submarine Fiber (CSF-2). ASN will be responsible for the project on a turnkey basis, from system design to installation and commissioning.

    About GoTo Networks  

    GoTo Networks, Inc. is focused on the development of new submarine cable systems to greenfield or underserved markets. It has been formed by individuals with a long history of involvement in the development and implementation of submarine telecommunications cable systems.

    Headquartered in Whippany, New Jersey, our management are all veterans of the submarine cable and telecommunications industry with experience in the design, development and implementation of numerous cable system around the globe.

    For more information about AWE, please visit http://gotonetworks.net/

    About David Ross Group

    David Ross Group specializes in planning, engineering, managing construction, operating and commercializing undersea fiber optic telecommunication infrastructures worldwide.  The DRG team has advised on projects totaling over 350,000 km of undersea cable and more than 50 landings on six continents.  Its global market knowledge, and commercial, technical and management experience has provided practical solutions to its clients' complex challenges.

    About Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks

    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed based with more than 575,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new Oil & Gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer’s needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.

    ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)

    Alcatel-Lucent is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network.

    For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on Twitter: @Alcatel_Lucent.

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  • Alcatel-Lucent Completes PCCS Undersea Cable System

    Press Release

    6000km system linking Florida, in the United States, and Ecuador commences commercial service to address regional capacity growth driven by demand for broadband services

    Paris, France, August 03, 2015

    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), has completed the commissioning of the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), a 6000km undersea cable linking Florida, in the United States,  to Ecuador and which has now entered into commercial service.
    PCCS is owned by a group of telecommunications operators consisting of Cable & Wireless Communications, Setar, Telconet, Telefónica Global Solutions and United Telecommunication Services (UTS).
    With an efficient multi-channel 100 gigabits-per-second (Gbit/s) technology and an ultimate design capacity of 80 terabits-per-second (Tbit/s), the PCCS system dramatically boosts connectivity and substantially increases the availability of broadband services by strengthening digital links as demand grows rapidly throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America for online content such as tourism related services, sports coverage and digital TV.
    In addition to Florida and Ecuador, the PCCS system connects the islands of Tortola, Puerto Rico, Aruba and Curacao, as well as Cartagena in Colombia, and Maria Chiquita and Balboa in Panama. It also increases communications reliability and helps reduce the risk of communications disruption by providing cable route diversity and alternative bandwidth access to existing cables in the region.
    Carlos Pazmino, Chairman of the PCCS General Committee, said: “The commercial service of the PCCS system is a significant milestone in the evolution of the communications infrastructure in the CALA region.  Delivering faster speeds and higher capacity than currently available, PCCS is also a critical leverage for people to benefit from sustainable social and economic growth.”
    Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: “We are pleased to have supported the PCCS operators in delivering this key connectivity and bandwidth artery in the Caribbean, Central and South America. This project highlights ASN’s capability as a trusted partner in undersea communications to address the exponential growth in data traffic driven by broadband applications. It also underlines our innovation, unique end-to-end expertise and turnkey execution ability.”
    About Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks 
    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 575000km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new Oil & Gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer’s needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.

    ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)

    Alcatel-Lucent is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network.

    For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on Twitter: @Alcatel_Lucent.

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  • Alcatel-Lucent Starts Construction Of US-Brazil Subsea Cable For Seaborn Networks

    By Press Release

    Paris, France and Boston, USA, September 09, 2014

    Seaborn Networks and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced today that construction of the Seabras-1 submarine fiber optic cable system between the US and Brazil has started.

    Seabras-1 system is a six-fiber pair system with an initial maximum design capacity of 60 Terabits per second.

    “We look forward to continuing to work closely with Alcatel-Lucent during the manufacturing and build stage of this project,” said Larry Schwartz, Seaborn’s Chief Executive Officer. “And we are most appreciative of our customers who have enabled us to achieve this important milestone so as to ensure a ready-for-service date in 2016.”

    “Seabras-1 is an important catalyst for the continued expansion of affordable broadband penetration in Brazil and the region,” said Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks. “The system will support a wide variety of global communication services for consumers and businesses throughout South America.”

    The Alcatel-Lucent solution to be deployed for this project includes an integrated 100G wet plant of cable and high bandwidth repeaters, power feed equipment, and its 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipped with advanced coherent technology and offering unique flexibility to increase direct connectivity between countries. Designed to accommodate 100G wavelengths in the same platform, the Alcatel-Lucent 1620 LM enables seamless capacity upgrade on flexible grid for channel spacing without traffic interruption.  As part of the turnkey contract, Alcatel-Lucent is also responsible for project management, system design, installation and system commissioning.

     

    ABOUT SEABORN NETWORKS

    Seaborn Networks is a developer and operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, including Seabras-1 which is the first-ever direct fiber optic cable system between New York City and São Paulo. Seabras-1 is a 60 Tbps system that will connect the financial and commercial centers of the US and Brazil, with a branch that lands in Fortaleza, Brazil. Seaborn was founded by successful submarine cable and wholesale carrier executives with experience in designing, building and operating many of the world’s largest submarine and terrestrial networks.

    For additional information, see www.seabornnetworks.com

     

    SEABORN NETWORKS Press Contact

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    ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)

    We are at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, and to enterprises and institutions throughout the world.

    Underpinning us in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of the Group and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Our innovations have resulted in our Group being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012’s Top 50 “World’s Most Innovative Companies”. We have also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader in the Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review, for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the Group’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

    With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2013, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

    For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow Alcatel-Lucent on [email protected]_Lucent.

  • Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks to Deploy Telefónica’s New US-Brazil Open Cable System

    Press Release

    Telefónica’s 11,000 km BRUSA system will increase connectivity and the availability of ultra high-speed broadband services using Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks’ latest generation wet plant technology.

    Paris, April 21, 2016

    Telefónica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications operators, and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), now part of Nokia, have signed a turnkey agreement to deploy a nearly 11,000 km submarine cable system linking Brazil to the United States. Named BRUSA, the system will increase end-to-end connectivity and the availability of ultra high-speed broadband services in the region.

    BRUSA will support ultrafast transmission allowing Telefónica to strengthen its offer in the wholesale market and addressing the exponential growth of data transmission generated by its business-to-business customers, telecom operators, webscale operators and end-users. Linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Brazil) with San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Virginia Beach (USA), the system will also deliver enhanced resiliency over the Brazil-to-US route.

    Philippe Piron, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “BRUSA comes at a moment of continued interest in the Brazil-US route to reliably carry increasing volumes of data traffic as global demand for ultra-broadband access rises. We are pleased to support Telefónica in seizing the growth opportunities of the global wholesale market and meeting its customers’ demands by making available our latest technology advancements in subsea wet design as an integral part of BRUSA.”

    BRUSA will deploy Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks’ technology, which provides full scalability that covers large system deployments and web-scale connectivity. Thanks to stepless optical transmission tuning capabilities offered by ASN’s technology, operators can extract maximum capacity from the wet plant and dry plant and create economies of scale by offering fast and dynamic provisioning.

    BRUSA will further integrate Telefónica’s global fiber optic network, which consists of more than 65,000 km of subsea cable (of which 31,000 km is proprietary submarine fiber optic cable) connecting the USA, the Americas and Europe.

    ABOUT TELEFONICA Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by market capitalization and number of customers with a comprehensive offering and quality of connectivity that is delivered over world class fixed, mobile and broadband networks. As a growing company it prides itself on providing a differential experience based both on its corporate values and a public position that defends customer interests. The company has a significant presence in 21 countries and over 322 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy. Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4,975,199,197 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires.

    ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT SUBMARINE NETWORKS Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, now part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 580,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new oil and gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer’s needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.

    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks Contacts Francesca CAZZANIGA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  -  T : +33 (01) 60 40 11 96

  • Alcatel-Lucent to Retain Undersea Cables Unit as Wholly-Owned Subsidiary

    Press Release

    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks to execute strategic roadmap from within Alcatel-Lucent group

    Paris, France, October 06, 2015

    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) is to continue to operate its undersea cables business, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), as a wholly-owned subsidiary. ASN will continue to execute its strategic roadmap, strengthen its leadership in submarine cable systems for telecom applications and pursue further diversification into the Oil & Gas sector.
    ASN leads the global submarine cables industry with more than 575,000 km of fiber-optic cable systems deployed worldwide, along with the maintenance of 330,000 km of undersea systems. ASN’s scope of operations comprises traditional undersea telecommunications networks and, increasingly, serving the Oil & Gas sector with mission-critical ultra-broadband communications for offshore production facilities.
    Headquartered in Villarceaux, France, and with cable manufacturing and loading facilities in Calais, France, and repeater and branching unit production in Greenwich in the UK, ASN provides a turnkey product and service offering, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable-laying ships.
    Retaining ASN has no impact on Alcatel-Lucent’s intention to complete its proposed combination with Nokia.

    ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)

    Alcatel-Lucent is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network.

    For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on Twitter: @Alcatel_Lucent.

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  • ASN Marine to Repair GLO-1 Subsea Cable

    By Subsea Explorer

    ASN Marine on behalf of Alcatel Submarine Networks has been contracted to undertake an emergency repair of the Globacom-1 (GLO-1) submarine fibre optic cable in UK territorial waters.

    The subsea cable system GLO-1 stretches from UK across West Africa and has landing points in Nigeria, London and Lisbon.

    It is a 9,800 km cable, developed by Globacom and Alcatel-Lucent.

    The C/S Ile d’Aix cable laying vessel is scheduled to arrive on site on February 16, to start the repair works.

    The cable repair will take approximately seven days depending upon weather or other operational conditions, Kis Orca informed.

    The GLO-1 cable has a capacity of 2.5Tbps.

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  • Cinia, ASN Demonstrate Capacity of 18 Tbps on C-Lion1 Cable

    By Telecompaper

    Cinia Group and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), now part of Nokia, have successfully completed tests on the C-Lion1 submarine cable system demonstating a record-breaking capacity of 18 Tbps of data per fibre pair.

    Showing an ultimate capacity of 144 Tbps demonstrates that C-Lion1 can effectively handle increased connectivity and data centre requirements driven by cloud computing, big data and digitisation. Linking Germany and Finland, C-Lion1 connects data centres in Northern and Central Europe, and offers a low-latency route between Europe and Asia.

    Cinia’s C-Lion1 submarine cable system has implemented the latest generation of ASN high-performance wet plant based on extended repeater bandwidth and, new generation of coherent submarine fibre (CSF-2). ASN’s brand new 300G 8QAM technology from its 1620 SOFTNODE enables smart spectrum engineering.

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  • Google to Support Uruguay-Brazil Fibre Cable

    By Telecompaper

    Uruguay and Google signed an agreement to install a new fibre-optic submarine cable that will connect the Uruguayan city of Maldonado with Santos in Brazil and, together with another cable already being implemented, will unite and improve broadband connectivity between the US and the Southern Cone, reports Efe. This cable, which should be ready in late 2017, is 2,000 kilometers long and counts six pairs of fibres, increasing the bandwidth capacity of the current system to 90 Tbps. The project known as Tannat will require an investment of USD 30 million for Uruguay operator Antel and will complement the Monet system, which will connect Santos to Boca Raton (US). Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks will be responsible for the construction and installation of the cable.

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  • New Agreement Points to Construction of Orval Undersea Cable System

    By Peter Bernstein, Next Generation Communications

    The connected ultra-broadband world will become that much more connected as a result of the announcement from Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) that the company and the Algerian Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications, have signed a turnkey agreement for the deployment of the Orval system, an over 560 km fiber-optic undersea cable that will link Oran in Algeria to Valencia, Spain.

    While the focus is on connectivity between Algeria and Spain, it reflects the growing importance of having high-speed connections between Europe and Africa in general.  With completion expected in 2016, the 100 gigabit-per-second system will deliver an ultimate design capacity of 20 terabit-per-seconds. As noted in the announcement, this type of speed and capacity will facilitate delivery of broadband services to an estimated 42 million Internet customers in Algeria and Spain.

    Along with providing subscribers broadband services, another reason cited for the Orval submarine cable system is its foundational role in the Orsec Plan. This plan by the Algerian Ministry is designed to assure Algeria has the ability to survive natural disasters and came to fruition as a result of the devastation caused by the major earthquake in 2003 which resulted in Algeria losing much if not all of its ability to connect to the international communications grid.

    For its part, Alcatel-Lucent has been designated as lead contractor in charge of designing and manufacturing the system in consortium with IT Marine who will be responsible for marine operations.

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  • New Direct Data Connection Across Baltic Sea to Link Finland and Germany

    Press Release

    Helsinki, Finland -- October 12, 2015 -- Cinia Group, a Finland-based designer, builder and operator of intelligent connectivity and ICT solutions, began today laying the new submarine Sea Lion data cable in Helsinki, Finland. The new fiber optic sea cable will provide a direct, low latency and cyber secure Internet backbone connection between Finland and Germany. Linking Cinia’s existing countrywide data network in Finland with network nodes in Central Europe, the new sea cable is expected to increase interest of data center operators and data intensive organizations to set up operations in Finland.

    “The sea cable initiative builds the future of Finland based on our existing strengths,” said Mr. Eero Heliövaara, Director General at the Prime Minister’s Office. “A direct data connection between Finland and Central Europe is an important enabler of both domestic economic growth and international investments. Data traffic is expected to grow manifold within the next years, and the sea cable initiative opens up an opportunity for Finland to claim its position among the leading countries in the area of Industrial Internet.”

    Cinia Group leads the Sea Lion initiative as the developer and builder of the submarine cable, and later as an open access network operator. The Finnish Government is an enabler and investor of the initiative together with institutional investors OP-Pohjola and Ilmarinen. Investments with equity and debt financing will total at approximately 100 million Euros. The sea cable initiative is designed to meet the commercial terms and moderate profitability as long term infrastructure investment, bringing also significant direct and indirect economic benefits such as decisions by international data center operators and data intensive organizations to locate their operations Finland.

    “We expect the sea cable to help in bringing 2 to 3 billion Euros worth of private data center investments in Finland within the next 10 years”, said Mr. Ari-Jussi Knaapila, CEO at Cinia Group. “Even more important for the Finnish national economy is the opportunity to boost our own strong digital ecosystems.”

    Customer demand for Sea Lion is proven by the recent investment by Hetzner Online and the announcement to connect sea cable with TeliaSonera´s new datacenter.

    “With the sea cable, Cinia contributes to the Digital Single Market for Europe,” continued Mr. Knaapila. “We challenge all Finnish companies and new ventures in the planning stage to generate new wealth through global digitalization, based on this new world class data network connection.”

    The Sea Lion submarine data network cable consisting of eight paired fiber optic cables was manufactured by Alcatel-Lucent in Calais, France. Totaling 1,170 kilometers in length and 3,355 tons in weight, the cable was shipped in Finland in the cargo hold of cable laying ship Ile de Brehat. The vessel will make its way from Helsinki, Finland to Rostock, Germany by the end of 2015. The new data connection is planned to be in operation during the spring 2016.

    For further information, please contact: www.cinia.fi

    Ari-Jussi Knaapila, CEO, Cinia Group Tel. +358 50 2179 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Agency Contact: Juha Frey, Netprofile for Cinia Group Tel. +358 40 572 4674 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Nokia Appoints Philippe Piron as President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks

    Press Release

    April 11, 2016

    Espoo, Finland - Nokia has appointed Philippe Piron to lead itsAlcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) business, a global leader in designing and building optical communications across the world's oceans.

    Piron will report directly to Marc Rouanne, chief innovation and operating officer, and replaces Philippe Dumont, who has decided to pursue endeavors outside of the company.

    ASN, now part of Nokia and a provider of turnkey submarine network solutions, has the largest installed base of undersea cable systems in the industry. Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth's surface, and there is growing demand for telecommunications solutions that can offer content-rich services across vast distances.

    Piron joins Nokia from GEA Batignolles Technologies Thermiques, restoring profitable growth and developing new markets He started his career in 1994 at Total Chimie after studying both engineering and business. In 1996, he moved to Matra from Lagardère Group for several years and then to strategy consulting with A.T. Kearney and Roland Berger, where he specialized in the Aerospace and Telecom sectors. He then joined Roxel, where he restructured major defence projects, bringing the company back to profitability.

    About Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks
    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 575,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new Oil & Gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer's needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.

    About Nokia
    Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

    With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. http://nokia.com

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  • Submarine Cable Work (Tasman Global Access) Begins at Raglan

    By Sophie Ryan, NZ Herald

    The first section of the Tasman Global Access cable will be laid at a Raglan beach this month.

    Specialist submarine cable experts will be descending on Raglan later this month to lay the first section of a new link connecting New Zealand to the world.

    The link, known as the Tasman Global Access (TGA) cable. will span the Tasman on the bottom of the sea floor, and is an joint investment between Spark, Vodafone and Telstra.

    The $1 billion project will significantly improve New Zealand's international broadband connectivity, the telcos say.

    It will also strengthen links to fast-growing Asian markets, improve redundancy and resiliency, and provide a better connection with the five main international cable systems currently serving Australia.

    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), now part of Nokia, has been contracted to lay the cable between Ngarunui Beach in Raglan and Narrabeen Beach in Sydney.

    Working laying the cable will start on March 29 and the first part of the process is expected to take about a week, dependent on weather.

    ...

    The TGA cable is currently on track to be completed, tested and ready for service by the end of 2016. The 2,300km length of cable is comprised of two fibre pairs, and will have a total capacity of 20 terabits per second.

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  • Telefónica Renews Submarine Cable Maintenance Contracts

    By Converge Digest

    Telefónica has renewed the marine maintenance service agreement for its domestic and South America-1 (SAM-1) submarine cable systems with Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), now part of Nokia, and TE SubCom.  The five-year extension will take effect on January 1, 2017.

    Under the Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement (APMA), ASN and TE SubCom will continue to make available three dedicated maintenance vessels in the Western Atlantic (Curaçao) and Eastern Atlantic (Cape Verde and Calais), as well as experienced, fully trained and certified personnel for cable repairs on Telefónica’s domestic and SAM-1 cable systems, totaling more than 27,000 km. The SAM-1 cable systems provide high bandwidth connectivity between the U.S. and Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru, with Telefónica’s domestic network providing service between Spain’s mainland and the Canary Islands.

    “Telefónica is committed to providing best-in-class services to its customers by partnering with trusted companies for the provisioning of the fastest and best quality service and solutions,” said Telefónica Communications Department. “The high quality marine maintenance services demonstrated since 2012 by TE SubCom and ASN made it easy for our organization to decide to renew the APMA service agreement for another five years.”

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  • Vocus Executes Binding Agreement (“Contract-in-Force”) with Alcatel Submarine Networks to Construct the Australia Singapore Cable

     

    Press Release

    Vocus Group Limited (ASX:VOC) (Vocus) announces today that it has executed a binding agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), referred to as contract-in-force (CIF), for the construction of the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC).

    The ASC project is a ~4,600km submarine cable system linking Australia to Singapore, and Indonesia, with a system design providing a minimum of 40Tbps of capacity from Western Australia to South East Asia, with this capacity forecast to expand via technology advancements over the coming years. Following the completion of the Nextgen Networks (“Nextgen”) acquisition1 Vocus confirms that it has secured Singapore IDA approval and renewed Landing Rights with MoCIT in Indonesia2, which, in combination with moving to a CIF with ASN, fulfils all necessary requirements to commence & complete the project.

    ASC is expected to take approximately 19 months to build, with completion targeted by August 2018. The effective life of the ASC is estimated to be a minimum of twenty-five years.

    ASC was a key strategic consideration in Vocus’ decision to purchase Nextgen Networks, as it, in combination with Nextgen’s trans-Australian fibre network, creates a fully interconnected, high capacity fibre network owned by Vocus from the East Coast of Australia through to Singapore (via Perth), with direct connectivity into Indonesia (population 230m+). In combination with the Nextgen network, ASC delivers Vocus a unique competitive advantage which provides a platform to increase utilization of both assets.

    The ASC project is expected to cost ~US$170m3 over the build period. Payments made during FY17 will be funded from existing debt capacity, while payments made in FY18 and beyond will be funded from a combination of existing debt capacity, operating cash flow

    and expected customer pre-payments for Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRU) agreements. Vocus currently expects to receive IRU pre-payments of approximately $US100m4 during the build period.

    In a report commissioned on the ASC project in early 2016, telecom data market experts TeleGeography estimated demand for bandwidth between Australia and Asia would exceed 50Tbps by 2029. The report estimates ASC has the opportunity to capture a minimum of 15.5Tbps of capacity sales by year-end 2029, resulting in expected revenues of at least US$550m over this period, by which time ASC will have been operating for only 40% of its effective life. TeleGeography estimates that by 2019, 30 percent of Australia’s overall international bandwidth will be connected to Asia.

    Demand for data capacity on the ASC route is growing rapidly and the only other comparable cable system is nearing full capacity. This growth in data consumption, particularly in the Asian region, places ASC in a strong position given it is the most progressed new cable project on this route.

    The investment case for ASC is underpinned by strong demand, the need for diversity and resilience for both the Australian and Asian markets, and the fact that ASC will connect Australia to Southeast Asia, India, and Europe at lower round-trip times, outperforming any other existing cable system.

    ASC has also fully executed partnering arrangements with XL Axiata Tbk5 in the form of a binding Landing Co-operation Agreement that provides security of tenure, commercial arrangements and nation-wide coverage in Indonesia through XL’s 21,000km domestic transmission network.

    Furthermore, ASC, combined with Nextgen’s trans-Australian fibre network and Vocus’ capacity on the Southern Cross cable to Los Angeles, provides a competitive alternative route for data traffic from the Indian Ocean region through to North America.

    Vocus will update the market on the progress of the ASC project in its 1H17 results release, to be made in late February 2017.

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    1 Prior to the acquisition of Nextgen Networks ASC was a 50/50 joint venture project between Nextgen Networks and Vocus

    2 IDA – Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and MoCIT Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Indonesia

    3 This includes US$130m to ASN, US$20m payment due on completion of the project to Ontario Teacher Pension Plan and approximately US$20m in civil works, operating costs & ancillary costs during the ASC build period

    4 Estimated ASC IRU revenues 2017-2018, per Telegeography “Australia Singapore Cable Study” report, 2016. 5 XL Axiata Tbk is one of Indonesia’s leading telecommunication service providers, offering mobile services and a national fibre network covering more than 90% of the population throughout Indonesia. The carrier is currently serving ~42m subscribers