Alcatel goes submarine to Morocco

Alcatel has signed a contract with Maroc Telecom, the leading telecommunication operator in Morocco, for a submarine cable network linking Morocco and France. The optical cabling project, named Atlas Offshore and valued at €26 million, will increase Maroc Telecom’s network capacity in support of new broadband service delivery and support call centres and off shoring activities.

The submarine network will span more than 1,600km between Marseille in France and Asilah in Morocco. Once completed in early 2007, it will enable Maroc Telecom to handle the increasing number of DSL subscribers by providing more connectivity and broadband access capabilities.

The project will create a new traffic route offering an alternative path to the existing 3,200km Eurafrica submarine system linking France, Morocco and Portugal. The 320 Gbit/s capacity offered by the Marseille-Asilah connection will be 570 times higher than the one delivered by the Eurafrica submarine network.

The Alcatel turnkey solution will be based on its DWDM submarine equipment, including the 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal, and repeatered cables, as well as the 1678 Metro Core Connect (MCC) for terrestrial applications. All the equipment will be managed by Alcatel’s 1350 management suite. Alcatel will manage the installation, commissioning, integration and testing of the entire system, along with post-commissioning support.