Alcatel-Lucent to build part of Europe-India submarine cable

August 5th, 2008 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 5 (IANS) Telecommunications major Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has won a contract to deploy the Atlantic-Mediterranean segment of the 15,000-km Europe India-Gateway (EIG) submarine cable system. In a statement issued here, it said it would provide complete turnkey work for the Atlantic-Mediterranean portion of the EIG system.

Announced in London in May this year, the EIG system is designed for the 21st century to meet the needs of modern telecommunication companies.

It is being built by a global consortium comprising telecom companies from various countries.

These include India’s Bharti Airtel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s Du, Omantel, Saudi Telecom Co, Telecom Egypt, Libyan Post Telecom and Information Technology Co(LPTIC), South Africa’s MTN and Telkom SA, Djibouti Telecom, Portugal’s PT ComunicaƧoes, Cable and Wireless (C&W), British Telecom and AT&T.

The $700-million project is scheduled for completion in 2010 and will deliver an ultimate capacity of up to 3.84 terabits per second (Tbps) to provide upgradeable transmission facilities that support internet, e-commerce, video, data and voice services.

Alcatel-Lucent is one of the two submarine cable network providers for the project.

The company said in the statement that it would have responsibility for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the Atlantic-Mediterranean submarine segment, which spans 7,100 km.

“Our turnkey approach and technological lead in submarine networks allow consortia like EIG to keep on breaking barriers and extending communications capabilities; and providing high quality solutions to help meet the continued growth of broadband adoption rates around the world,” said Vincenzo Nesci, Alcatel-Lucent’s president of Middle East and African operations.

EIG will connect three continents, with landings planned in the UK, Portugal, Gibraltar, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, UAE and India.

It will also provide seamless interconnection with other major cable systems connecting Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.

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