Alcatel to lay Sydney-Hawaii cable

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a turnkey contract with Telstra to lay a new submarine cable network directly linking Sydney to Hawaii to support Telstra’s IP infrastructure expansion.

Designed to increase international and regional connectivity, the Sydney-Hawaii network will span nearly 9,000km and deliver a capacity of 1.28 Tbit/s. Completion is scheduled in the second half of 2008.

The Alcatel-Lucent submarine solution will be based on its 1620 Light Manager next-generation DWDM submarine platform, and will also include cable and submarine repeaters, providing direct connectivity to landing stations.

A suite of professional services, including permitting and project management, engineering, marine operation, and installation testing and commissioning, is included in this project.