Main One Cable renews marine maintenance contract with Alcatel-Lucent covering 7,000 km

Telecom Lead Asia: Main One Cable has renewed its marine maintenance contract with Alcatel-Lucent.

The new contract is for Main One’s submarine cable system connecting Portugal to Nigeria over 7,000 km and contributing to enhance overall African and international connectivity.

Delivering high-speed bandwidth of 1.92 Tbit/s, the Main One cable, a member of the Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement (APMA), enables cost-effective access to global information, data and markets in Western Africa.

Main One will continue to manage and maintain its network at the highest level of performance. Alcatel-Lucent will make available its maintenance vessels, as well as experienced, fully trained, and certified specialist personnel for cable repairs.

“To ensure the optimal network availability for continuity and quality of communications that our customers demand, we rely on world-class technical support including state-of-the-art cable ships capable of delivering rapid response repair services in any weather condition,” said Bernard Logan, Main One Chief Commercial Officer.

Recently, Alcatel-Lucent said it will build Seaborn Networks’ Seabras-1, a new 10,700 km submarine cable system. As per the turnkey contract agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will build a direct route between New York and Sao Paulo in Brazil, with a branch to Fortaleza, Brazil.

Alcatel-Lucent claims that it currently maintains over 300,000km of critical submarine cable infrastructure worldwide.

“This contract renewal further confirms Alcatel-Lucent’s leading role as marine service provider to help operators maintain their networks at the highest standards of service reliability for maximum end-user confidence,” said Philippe Dumont, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine network activity.

Alcatel-Lucent will also tie up with HP to provide a national data center facility to support the network. Alcatel-Lucent will design and implement a 600 km fiber-optic network in Ghana. The fiber-optic network is aimed at offering data links between central government functions and remote and rural locations.

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