Laying cable

Alcatel has signed a multi-million dollar turnkey contract with Flag Telecom to deploy a multi-terabit/s new generation DWDM submarine cable system.


Alcatel has signed a multi-million dollar turnkey contract with Flag Telecom to deploy a multi-terabit/s DWDM submarine cable system that will provide multiple landings throughout the Gulf region, with submarine links stretching to India in the east and to Egypt in the west.


The cable system, dubbed Falcon, will span over 10,000 km and will offer extra-capacity in the region to help address the growing traffic demands from the accelerating take-up of broadband services.


The Falcon network will be built and installed in simultaneous sections using several submarine cable laying ships and is scheduled to be ready for initial service by the fourth quarter of 2005.


Alcatel’s branching units will also be added along the entire cable route to allow more countries in the region to connect to the system as their communications needs continue to expand. The company’s Optical Multi-Service Node and 1678 Metro Core Connect terrestrial systems will be installed to connect the network’s landing stations.


Flag Telecom is a member company of the Reliance Group, India‘s largest private telecom service provider. It has an established customer base of more than 180 leading operators, including all of the top ten international carriers.