March 13, 2006 Morristown, NJ -- For the second time, Tyco Telecommunications has signed a contract to upgrade the undersea fiber-optic ring network of Telefonica International Wholesale Services. Constructed by Tyco for Telefonica in 2001, the network, known as "Sam-1," is comprised of twelve landing stations connecting the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Brazil, and Argentina on the continent's eastern coast, and Chile, Peru, and Guatemala on its west coast.Â
The objective of the second upgrade will be to increase capacity among the system's major traffic points, while eliminating the need for signal regeneration at intermediate stations.Â To create such "express routes" while still maintaining the network's maximum design capacity, the upgrade will employ Tyco's G3 SLTE technology in addition to a re-deployment of existing network equipment.
Upon completion, the upgrade will provide 80-Gbit/sec of new capacity for IP services, providing a total of 160 Gbit/sec connectivity when paired with existing capacity, according to Tyco. Even with the upgrade, the company notes the network will be operating well below its maximum design capacity of 1.92 Tbit/sec.
"It has been a little bit more than a year from completion of the previous upgrade, which demonstrates the fast pace at which capacity demand is increasing in the area," observes Jose RamÃ³n Vela, CEO of Telefonica Wholesale.
"We are pleased to yet again be working with Telefonica," concludes Ignacio Ugalde, CEO of Tyco Marine, the Spanish subsidiary of Tyco Telecommunications.Â "The fact that the Sam-1 Network requires additional capacity so soon after its previous upgrade demonstrates how quickly this market is growing."