Nexans to supply 1,300-km cable for subsea Caribbean network

FEBRUARY 25, 2009 -- Global Marine Systems has selected Nexans to supply 1,300 km of repeatered fiber-optic submarine cable to connect the islands of Trinidad & Tobago to Suriname via Guyana. The cable system is designed to enhance communication links between the three countries.

FEBRUARY 25, 2009 -- Nexans (search for Nexans) has been awarded a major contract by Global Marine Systems Ltd. (search for Global Marine Systems), provider of submarine cable installation and services, to supply 1,300 km of repeatered fiber-optic submarine cable to connect the islands of Trinidad & Tobago to Suriname via Guyana. The cable system is designed to enhance communication links between the three countries.

Produced at Nexans' factory in Rognan, Norway, the 1,300-km cable will comprise 21 segments, with amplifiers integrated every 70 km. It will be delivered to Global Marine Systems in October 2009.

Behind this next generation of repeatered fiber-optic submarine systems are Nexans, Global Marine Systems Ltd. and Huawei Marine Networks, a Chinese manufacturer of telecom accessories.

"The latest repeatered optical cable is a major technological breakthrough for Nexans that will enable us to deliver cables for any optical transmission range," reports Yvon Raak, Nexans' chief corporate officer in charge of the Europe area. "It opens up tremendous opportunities for us in this new and very interesting market segment. We are extremely pleased that our product is the chosen solution for the Trinidad & Tobago to Guyana-connection," adds Raak, "and look forward to continuing our work with Global Marine Systems Ltd and Huawei Marine Networks."

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