Alcatel to lay Caribbean cable

Alcatel has signed a contract worth 21 million Euros with Global Caribbean Network, a subsidiary of the Group Loret, to deploy a submarine cable network in Guadeloupe.

Alcatel today announced that it has signed a contract valued at 21 million Euros with Global Caribbean Network (GCN), a subsidiary of the Group Loret, to deploy a submarine cable network for the Regional Council of Guadeloupe.

Alcatel said the project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2005, will significantly expand the Guadeloupe telecommunications network capacity.

“The decision to commit to a submarine optical network was driven by the wish to serve our region’s growing communication needs, enhancing the delivery of reliable data and broadband services to our citizens at a reasonable cost,” commented Victorin Lurel, President of Guadeloupe’s Regional Council.

The new submarine cable will span nearly 800km, connecting Basse-Terre and Point a Pitre in Guadeloupe to San Juan in Puerto Rico. The cable’s route, going through St Martin with an extension to St Barthlemy, with a total of 120 Gbit/s of ultimate network capacity, will significantly expand local communications coverage.

“Taking into account the topology of the territory, the new submarine cable network will provide a cost-efficient way to give Guadeloupe multi services broadband access and connectivity to other countries in the region,” stated Ehsan Emami, President at GCN.

Alcatel will supply its new-generation dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) submarine line terminal, as well as its 1626 Light Manager and Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems for terrestrial applications. Alcatel will also provide a comprehensive set of services including marine and terrestrial installation, commissioning and integration.

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