SEA-ME-WE4 submarine network inaugurated

December 14, 2005 Paris, France -- Alcatel announced its participation in a ceremony which took place in Dubai, UAE, hosted by Etisalat, for the inauguration of the SEA-ME-WE4 submarine cable network. After extensive provisional acceptance tests, the undersea fiber-optic cabling system, for which Alcatel was appointed turnkey responsibility with its co-contractor Fujitsu, is now ready to carry live traffic spanning southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, and Europe.

Dec 14th, 2005

December 14, 2005 Paris, France -- Alcatel announced its participation in a ceremony which took place in Dubai, UAE, hosted by Etisalat, for the inauguration of the SEA-ME-WE4 submarine cable network. After extensive provisional acceptance tests, the undersea fiber-optic cabling system, for which Alcatel was appointed turnkey responsibility with its co-contractor Fujitsu, is now ready to carry live traffic spanning southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, and Europe.

Completed in 18 months, spanning approximately 20,000-km, the submarine cable network links 14 countries from Singapore to France, and relies on 16 landing points. According to a press release, the system is designed to last 25 years with full reliability, and with 32x the initial capacity of the previous SEA-ME-WE3 system, which was installed in 1998.

The system is operated by 16 carriers and deploys Alcatel's submarine and terrestrial optical networking platforms. The company's turnkey responsibilities ranged from system design to laying cable for the system's segments 2, 3, and 4, linking Mumbai to Marseilles, as well as the overall responsibility for the system's SDH end-to-end realization.

"We are proud to have contributed to the SEA-ME-WE4 project, which dramatically increases the communications capabilities in the Indian and Middle-East region," remarks Jean Godeluck, president of Alcatel's submarine network activity. "This achievement further demonstrates Alcatel's ability to support its customers demand in their tight deployment plans with advanced technological expertise, backed by a turnkey approach to complex submarine projects."

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