Apollo -SCS Ltd
a U.K.-based company, which owns, operates and markets the Apollo Submarine Cable System, has announced the award of a supply contract to Alcatel-Lucent
to upgrade Apollo North and Apollo South Transatlantic systems.
This upgrade is expected to increase Apollo's equipped capacity by more than 400Gbit/s and is incremental to the upgrade of 1Tbit/s on Apollo South in 2008.
Apollo officials said that this addition of SDH and LAN PHY capable channels allows the company to support customer growth into 2010. Initially constructed with a design capacity of 6.4Tbit/s, currently installed technologies allow Apollo to be upgraded to in excess of 10 Tbit/s.
“During the last year trans atlantic capacity demand has remained strong throughout the economic down turn,” said Richard Elliott, managing director of Apollo, in a statement.
Elliott said that it remains Apollo's goal to support this growth and to continue to develop the scale and capability of the product to maintain the company’s position as a leading provider of international network.
Earlier this month, Apollo SCS (News
)-Ltd had announced
its entry and participation in the Alcatel Private Maintenance Agreement.
This Agreement ensures that in the event of any subsea damage the Apollo Submarine Cable System will be repaired by one of the World's leading Cable Fleets. The agreement guarantees the availability of ships dedicated to the repair of cables in the unfortunate event of a cable failure.
Apollo SCS Ltd has enjoyed a world class performance history on both Apollo North – cconnecting the U.K. to the U.S. – and Apollo South, onnecting France to the U.S., and as a member of the Alcatel Private Maintenance Agreement, Apollo will continue to provide their customers with a first class trans Atlantic service.Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Erin Harrison