Alcatel-Lucent starts on undersea cable system linking Singapore, France

  • Alcatel-Lucent to deploy segments from Sri Lanka to France
  • Construction starts for an expected ready for service in 2016
Alcatel-Lucent starts on undersea cable system linking Singapore, France

THE South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) consortium has announced that the contract for the deployment of the SEA-ME-WE 5 undersea cable system spanning 20,000km from Singapore to France has come into force.
The new 100G SEA-ME-WE 5 will deliver ultra-broadband capacity and faster access to consumers and businesses. Its ultimate design capacity of 24 terabits per second (Tbit/s) will be used to serve the countries along its route, Alcatel-Lucent said in a statement.
The system will connect Singapore to Europe (Italy and France) and traverse Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, , Yemen, Djibouti and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Alcatel-Lucent has started construction of the segments spanning from Sri Lanka to France. Co-contractor NEC will be deploying the Singapore to Sri Lanka segment.
“With the rollout of the SEA-ME-WE 5 system, we will deliver a dynamic and agile way to serve end-users and offer them the quality of service they need,” said SEA-ME-WE 5 management committee chairperson Linette Lee.
“Alcatel-Lucent and NEC’s 100G undersea technology will help us in setting a new milestone in the further development of this route,” she added.
The SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium is composed of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited, (BSCCL), China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, China United Network Communications Group Company, Djibouti Telecom and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (PJSC).
It also includes Orange, Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, Saudi Telecom Company, SingTel, Sri Lanka Telecom, TOT, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Telekom Malaysia Bhd and Yemen International Telecommunications (TeleYemen).
Alcatel-Lucent said it has had a long-standing tradition of more than 30 years of technical cooperation with SEA-ME-WE consortia for several projects.
The SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium will integrate Alcatel-Lucent’s 1620 Light Manager submarine line terminal using Advanced Coherent technology and incorporating the latest Soft Decision Forward Error Correction technology, as well as its advanced ROADM branching unit offering dynamic features for enhanced system resilience.
Alcatel-Lucent will also install cable and repeaters, and the cable system will be managed by Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end submarine network management system.
As part of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will also be in charge of project management, system design, marine operations and system commissioning.
“We are pleased to start working on the construction of the SEA-ME-WE 5 system to deliver a state-of–the-art infrastructure that will combine several advantages in terms of innovation, flexibility and reliability to decongest existing systems and will offer end-users an increased service experience,” said Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks.
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