Antel Uruguay selects Alcatel-Lucent/IT Telecom consortium for submarine network

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent will design, manufacture, and commission the submarine cable system. IT Telecom will design the route and perform marine surveys and installation of the submarine cable system.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent has signed -- in cooperation with IT Telecom, a Canadian marine service provider with worldwide operations -- a contract with Antel for a new submarine cable network linking Maldonado, Uruguay, to Las Toninas, Argentina.

With an ultimate design capacity of 3.84 terabits, the new 250-km-long submarine cable system will provide Antel and Telecom Argentina with greater capacity, faster connectivity, and bandwidth availability to support IP-based services while lowering the cost of broadband access in the region. With completion expected in 4Q10, it also will provide route diversity for enhanced traffic protection.

Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will design, manufacture, and commission the submarine cable system, based on its DWDM technology and cables. IT Telecom will design the route and perform marine surveys and installation of the submarine cable system.

"We need to be able to increase the capacity and reliability of our network if we are going to meet our customers' expectations for advanced broadband services while controlling our operational costs and guaranteeing our quality of service," says Daniel Fuentes, Antel's business manager. "Alcatel-Lucent's and IT Telecom's field-proven experience will help us enhance the efficiency and quality of service of our communication infrastructure so that we will be able to provide more advanced services to our customers, enabling them to take advantage of the innovations that are a hallmark of the communications industry."

"In some areas, the benefit of being connected to the global submarine ring has not yet been fully exploited," says Etienne Lafougère, president of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "By meeting the requirements of communications infrastructures in terms of flexibility and scalability, we help our customers to enhance their capacity and deliver a more seamless and reliable service for their customers so that they can enjoy the best communications experience possible."

"The cooperation with Alcatel-Lucent for the implementation of this important telecommunication infrastructure will ensure that the customer has the most reliable, best quality system available," says Jacques Levesques, president of IT Telecom. "The extensive experience we gathered in the provision of tailor-made submarine cable services worldwide allows us to ensure a smooth and reliable implementation of the system."


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