September 11, 2008
Alcatel-Lucent’s Lands Tele Greenland’s Submarine Cable Network in Nuuk, Greenland
PARIS, France and NUUK, Greenland, September 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) cable ship 'Ile de Sein'* landed today in Nuuk, the 2,100 km section (or trunk cable) of Tele Greenland's submarine cable network. After completing the cable loading in Calais (France) in July, the 'Ile de Sein' began laying segments 1 and 2 in early August from Landeyjasandur in Iceland to Qaqortoq in Greenland.
Following a route carefully assessed with survey instruments mapping the seabed, these segments are three of the four sections composing the 90 million Euro project "Greenland Connect" awarded to Alcatel-Lucent in December 2007. The laying completion will be achieved before the winter season as planned.
Offering an ultimate capacity of up to 96x10Gbit/s, the Greenland Connect submarine cable network has been designed to provide international and domestic connectivity to meet the growing bandwidth requirements for new applications to serve Tele Greenland's customers. This deployment further enhances Tele Greenland's end-to-end offering for voice and data network hubs, broadband Internet, video conferencing, call centers and advanced multimedia applications.
"We have addressed the increased connectivity requirements, while guaranteeing performance continuity at the highest level possible. The Greenland Connect cable exemplifies our vision 'Greenland in the Center of the World' to provide Greenland with a place on the worldwide Internet network, and direct access to American and European markets" said CEO Brian Buus Pedersen, Tele Greenland. "Alcatel-Lucent has fully met our expectations and their submarine solutions are strategic to us to provide the technology platform and reliability our customers require to access cost-effective, innovative IT-services and, also, new opportunities with great potential in Greenland such as e-trade, e-education, e-health, e-citizen and e-home."
"The severe weather conditions of Greenland and the North Atlantic Ocean were key challenges in defining the deployment plan for this project," affirmed Etienne Lafougere, President of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "This achievement is based on our ability to manage the simplest to the most complex turnkey project and to deliver on time."
* The Ile de Sein is owned by Alcatel-Lucent via Alda Marine, a joint venture with Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.
More about the Alcatel-Lucent's solution
Alcatel-Lucent has deployed its 1620 Light Manager (LM), its cables - equipped with branching units allowing for future connections north of Nuuk - and repeaters along the network route.
About Tele Greenland
For more than 75 years, TELE Greenland Inc. has provided telecommunications and marketed telecom and IT-solutions in Greenland. The telecom division operates telecommunications activities in Greenland according to a concession granted by the Greenland Home Rule Government. With a total area of 2,2 million Sq. km, Greenland is the largest island in the world, 10 times the size of The United Kingdom and part of the North American continent. Greenland has a population of 57,000 people located along the west and east coast of the island in 17 towns and 55 settlements.
For more information, visit Tele Greenland on the Internet: http://www.tele.gl/
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/
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