June 19, 2006 Morristown, NJ -- Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc. has achieved the status of Ready for Provisional Acceptance (RFPA) under the terms of a multi-million dollar turnkey contract with Transworld Associates (Pvt.) Ltd, for the TWA-1 Undersea Cable Network. The system, the first privatized cable network to land in Pakistan, will link Karachi in Pakistan, Fujairah in the UAE, and Al Seeb Muscat in Oman.
The initial implementation of the network includes two fiber pairs connecting the three landings in a trunk and branch arrangement, with each fiber pair initially commissioned to carry 10 Gbits/sec. This DWDM undersea fiber optic cable system is more than 1,200 km in length and capable of carrying up to 1.28 Tbits/sec of transmission capacity when fully upgraded. The TWA-1 Network is designed to satisfy the increasing demands for voice, data, and Internet bandwidth and the accelerating use of broadband services in Pakistan and the Gulf region.
"TWA embarked on this project of key strategic national importance with a vision of bringing high-speed communications technology to fuel the growth of IT and telecom in Pakistan," stated Kamran Malik, president and chief operating officer of Transworld Associates (Pvt.), Ltd. "By leveraging the relationship with Tyco Telecommunications, we have obtained the expertise and leading-edge technology in a turnkey undersea system that enables us to achieve our project objectives. The need for international traffic from Pakistan is growing rapidly, and this need will be fulfilled by reliable international connectivity provided by TWA-1. With the completion of the project, businesses and consumers in Pakistan will have access to reliable high value international bandwidth services at competitive prices."
Under the terms of the contract, Tyco Telecommunications supplied all aspects of the project, including network design, wet and dry plant manufacturing and installation, marine installation, commissioning, and testing.
"Our ability to rapidly deliver a turnkey solution enables TWA to provide their customers with the benefits of a high capacity network infrastructure and directly facilitates international connectivity," said Michael Rieger, vice president of sales and marketing at Tyco Telecommunications.