Demand for increased broadband speeds on submarine cable facilities has increased substantially in the last few years. While necessary to keep up with exploding traffic needs, particularly intercontinental ones, the challenges of offering increased speeds on upgraded submarine cable facilities are significant.
Catering to this unique market, SAT-3/WASC/SAFE Parties, a consortium of multiple telecom operators from around the world, and Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) have completed their fourth upgrade of the SAT-3/WASC undersea cable system. This upgrade has doubled the current capacity of the cable system, bringing more possibilities to the customers and the company alike.
Operating at 40 gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) and with full in-system protection, the partners tout t the system as the lowest latency one on the routes it provides between Europe, West Coast of Africa and Southern Africa. This includes landings in South Africa, Angola, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Spain and Portugal.
Interestingly, the latest upgrade does much more than what SAT-3/WASC had planned for. In fact, this upgrade facilitates a sevenfold increase in the company's current capacity.
Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “Carriers, service providers, multimedia and content providers all are expanding their networks to support Internet and data center applications, while protecting their existing investments. Alcatel-Lucent’s unique submarine solution delivers ease of upgrade and scalability to multi-terabit capacity, offering a staged migration combining technological and economic benefits. This upgrade allows quicker service turn-up to meet customers’ expectations for anywhere, anytime access to broadband applications, storage and computing.”
Recently, the company joined hands with Apollo to complete a field trial on the existing Apollo South system, which connects France to the United States. The trial achieved the transmission of 7.2 terabits-per-second (Tbit/s) of data per fiber pair. The company used its 1620 Light Manager submarine line terminal for this trial.
Edited by Peter Bernstein