Brasil Telecom GlobeNet taps Alcatel-Lucent for submarine net upgrade

MAY 17, 2007 -- Alcatel-Lucent has signed a contract to upgrade an existing 22,000-km system linking the U.S. with Latin America.

MAY 17, 2007 -- Alcatel-Lucent (search for Alcatel-Lucent) has signed a contract with Brasil Telecom GlobeNet, which owns and operates GlobeNet -- a low-latency submarine network serving the Americas -- to upgrade the existing 22,000-km system linking the United States with Latin America.

Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade the submarine section, along with the respective landing points, linking Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza), Venezuela (Maiquetia), Bermuda (St.David's), and the USA (Boca Raton, FL, and Tuckerton, NJ). In Rio de Janeiro, the submarine network integrates with the terrestrial optical infrastructure of GlobeNet's parent company, Brasil Telecom. When completed in the first quarter of 2008, the project will almost double the existing capacity over the entire network.

With the upgrade, GlobeNet will be able to further expand its wholesale service offering to deliver broadband, Carrier Ethernet, fixed and mobile IP-based and legacy voice services, and enterprise applications such as hosting, video conferencing, and international private line services.

"We focus on enhancing network capacity and availability for maximum effectiveness to best serve our customers, while capitalizing on our existing infrastructure," said Emagnor Tessinari, COO of GlobeNet. "Alcatel-Lucent continues to be a valued partner to help us further innovate our global capabilities."

"GlobeNet require more bandwidth to support the new breed of emerging services, while keeping its network easy to manage," said Jean Godeluck, president of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "Our solutions enable the introduction of advanced services and applications smoothly to help our customers' competitive transformation for continued end-user satisfaction and retention."

Alcatel-Lucent will provide its 1620 Light Manager, managed by the upgraded Alcatel-Lucent 1350 management suite. A suite of professional services, including manufacturing, installation, and commissioning, is part of this turnkey project.

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