Alcatel-Lucent 100G fuels Telefonica for undersea cable upgrade

Alcatel-Lucent said Telefonica will utilize 100G network for upgrading the PENCAN-7 and PENCAN-8 undersea cable systems.

The 100G upgrade at PENCAN-7 and PENCAN-8 undersea cable systems linking landing points on the Spanish mainland to Gran Canaria and Tenerife in the Canary Islands will offer a more than tenfold increase of the current system capacity.

The PENCAN-7 and PENCAN-8 systems, which are both 1,400km in length, connect Chipiona in Cadiz Province (Spain Mainland) to Las Palmas/Altavista in Gran Canaria, and Conil also in Cadiz Province to Candelaria in Tenerife, offering high resilience for traffic protection.

The PENCAN Network, which comprises four geographically diversified, fiber optics submarine cables – namely PENCAN-6, PENCAN-7, PENCAN-8 and PENCAN-9, enables Telefonica to provide broadband robust services between Canary Islands and the rest of the Spain.

“The additional capacity available with ASN’s advanced technology will contribute significantly in meeting the ongoing demand in the markets served by these Systems,” said Maria Jesus Almazor, regional director for Southern Spain at Telefonica.

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