Oi’s GlobeNet and Alcatel-Lucent complete submarine network upgrade

MARCH 9, 2010 -- Alcatel-Lucent and GlobeNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oi, say they have completed the upgrade of a 22,000-km submarine cable system linking the United States with Latin America. This project, the second upgrade in approximately 18 months, enables GlobeNet to deliver more than 110 Gbps of capacity.

MARCH 9, 2010 -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and GlobeNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oi (Bovespa: TNLP3, TNLP4, TMAR3, TMAR5, TMAR6 and NYSE: TNE), say they have completed the upgrade of a 22,000-km submarine cable system linking the United States with Latin America. This project, the second upgrade in approximately 18 months, enables GlobeNet to deliver more than 110 Gbps of capacity.

GlobeNet’s customers will benefit from enhanced connectivity and reliability as well as faster access to applications and services, the companies say. The carrier also will be able to expand its wholesale service offering to include broadband, Carrier Ethernet, fixed and mobile IP-based and traditional voice services, as well as applications such as hosting, video conferencing, and international private line services.

In addition to the submarine sections, Alcatel-Lucent upgraded the landing points in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Brazil), Maiquetía (Venezuela), St.David’s (Bermuda), and Boca Raton and Tuckerton, FL. In Rio de Janeiro, the submarine network integrates with the terrestrial optical infrastructure of GlobeNet’s parent company, Oi. Alcatel-Lucent also managed the installation, deployment, and commissioning of the system.

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