MARCH 12, 2007 -- Alcatel-Lucent (search for Alcatel-Lucent) has signed a turnkey contract with the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) consortium to lay the first ever optical submarine cable network landing in East Africa.
Based on Alcatel-Lucent's submarine and terrestrial optical systems, EASSy will provide connectivity across the continent to support the increase in local traffic from both traditional and new broadband services. Additionally, with interconnection to other submarine cable systems to the north and south, this project will provide an international gateway that will further economic development of the region.
With completion scheduled by the end of 2008, the EASSy submarine network will deliver a regional capacity of 320 Gbits/sec. Governments, public administrations, and businesses will be able to leverage the network to support new applications such as remote medical diagnosis and international call centers. Consumers will benefit from accessible and affordable broadband Internet.
The EASSy submarine network will span nearly 10,000 km linking eight countries from Sudan to South Africa, via Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Mozambique. Landings will be located in Port Sudan, Djibouti (Djibouti), Mogadishu (Somalia) Mombasa (Kenya), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Toliary (Madagascar), Maputo (Mozambique), and Mtunzini (South Africa). By interconnecting with Sea-Me-We 3, Sea-Me-We 4, SAS1, Falcon, and SAT3/WASC/SAFE, the EASSy submarine cable system will also serve as a supporting infrastructure for these networks.
"This project represents a milestone in the development of the African communication infrastructure, where there is a strong need for optical connectivity" Sammy Kirui, chairman of the EASSy Project Management Committee and managing director of Telkom Kenya "Alcatel-Lucent is recognized as one of the key turnkey suppliers in the submarine cable market and was selected through a competitive tendering process."
"Globalization of the economy and the Internet have enhanced communications, and submarine networks contribute greatly by connecting almost every corner in the world," said Jean Godeluck, president of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "Our turnkey approach to projects allows consortia like EASSy to continue breaking barriers and extending communications capabilities to those areas which are not adequately served."
Alcatel-Lucent will base the network on its 1620 Light Manager DWDM submarine platform and will also supply cables and submarine repeaters. Branching units will ensure direct connectivity to landing stations where Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 1678 Metro Core Connect for terrestrial interconnection. The Alcatel-Lucent 1350 management system will supervise all the equipment supplied. A suite of professional services, including project management, engineering, marine operation, and installation testing and commissioning, is part of the project.