GlobeNet to expand submarine cable system to Colombia

Telecom Lead Europe: GlobeNet, a provider of
submarine capacity, has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to extend the
GlobeNet submarine cable system to Colombia.

The agreement will enable GlobeNet to support the demand
for broadband services between Colombia, the United States, and other Latin
American countries.

This 100G capable link will help GlobeNet provide a
significant increase in capacity to support the deployment of wireless
services. It will support demand for broadband services such as streaming
media, online gaming, high-definition video and social media applications.

Alcatel-Lucent claims that the 1000 km extension will
create a link with direct connectivity between Colombia and the United States,
and between Colombia and Venezuela. It will have a state-of-the-art design that
provides the capability of supporting a future ultimate design capacity in
excess of 8 Tbit/s on each connectivity path.

The GlobeNet submarine cable system currently spans
22,000 kilometers with landing points in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in
Brazil, Maiquetía in Venezuela, St. David’s in Bermuda, Boca Raton Florida and
Tuckerton in New Jersey, United States.

“GlobeNet is committed to meeting the need for
high-quality capacity to offer an improved experience for all of our customers.
Our collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent is based on our confidence in the low
latency, reliability and speed of their solution, as well as their ability to seamlessly
and efficiently introduce this extension to Colombia while maintaining all our
existing network services,” said Erick W. Contag, chief operating officer
at GlobeNet.

“This project highlights our leadership in the
development of powerful, cost-effective submarine networks, and the importance
Alcatel-Lucent plays in realizing the potential of a connected world, keeping
customers’ costs in check,” said Philippe Dumont, president,
Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks.

Alcatel-Lucent is deploying an integrated 100G capable
wet plant of cable and repeaters, power feed equipment, and 1620 Light Manager
submarine line terminal equipped with coherent technology and offering unique
flexibility to increase direct connectivity between countries.

Alcatel-Lucent 1620 LM enables seamless capacity upgrade
on flexible grid for channel spacing without traffic interruption.

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