August 1, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent to Build Atlantic-Mediterranean Segment of EIG Cable Network

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a contract to deploy the Atlantic-Mediterranean segment of the 15,000km, Europe India Gateway submarine cable system.

Europe India Gateway (EIG) is a direct, high-bandwidth optical-fiber submarine cable system from the UK to India, and is expected to enhance capacity and diversity between the countries and territories of three continents. With completion scheduled in the second quarter of 2010, EIG will deliver an ultimate capacity of up to 3.84 terabits per second to provide upgradeable transmission facilities that support internet, e-commerce, video, data and voice services.

According to Alcatel-Lucent, it will provide complete turnkey work for its portion of the EIG system. The company will have responsibility for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the Atlantic-Mediterranean submarine segment, which spans 7,100km. The company will also use the 1678 Metro Core Connect, and deploy its latest generation 1626 Light Manager DWDM transmission equipment to provide seamless connectivity across the two terrestrial links in the UK and Egypt at 40Gbit/s.

Etienne Lafougere, president of submarine network activity at Alcatel-Lucent, said: "This new contract is recognition of the reliability of our submarine, terrestrial and network solutions, as well as of our end-to-end ability to provide every part of a global transport network."