Fibre-optics on the grid for Alactel-Lucent

RTE, the French public power transmission network operator, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy an additional several-thousand-kilometre fibre-optic network on RTE’s high-voltage transmission grid.

The agreement includes project management, engineering, supply, network installation and commissioning, as well as maintenance for the majority of the network. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

This turnkey fibre-optic network, code-named ROSE 7 (Réseau Optique de SEcurité, or Optical Security Network), is the continuation of a project that began in 2004 with a 500km pilot project in Brittany which has grown to over 5,000km today.

The network will enable RTE to secure its electrical transmission network with reliable, fast communications links and resell excess fibre-optic capacity to telecom operators and local authorities through its subsidiary @rteria.