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.
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."