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Alcatel signs $100 M network contract

Sun, 07/15/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

Alcatel landed a $100 million contract to upgrade the Southern Cross Cable Network, inking Australasia with the United States.

Paris-based Alcatel has supplied the network since late last year, including providing undersea electronics, and cable and terminal equipment for the landing stations.

The two-phase upgrade involved first adding 50 Gbps to the present total network capacity of 80 Gbps. It will then add 110 Gbps of capacity for a total of 240 Gbps by early 2003, Alcatel says.

Under the deal, Alcatel will supply the third fiber pair in the network with 10 Gbps capacity per wavelength, it reports. It also will supply 10 Gbps submarine line DWDM terminals and terrestrial SDH equipment.

The network also uses Alcatel's Super Forward Error Correction technology, which supervises and corrects the detected errors of the signal along the system for larger transmission bands than 2.5 Gbps. The technology allows wavelengths operating at 10 Gbps over submersible cables and repeaters that were designed to operate at 2.5 Gbps, Alcatel says.

The network launched in November 2000 and connects the U.S. mainland, Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

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