Alcatel-Lucent will deploy a new 100 Gigabit per second submarine cable system which will connecting Oman, the UAE, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. In detail, the large consortium under the banner of “Bay of Bengal Gateway”(BBG) comprises Vodafone, Dialog Axiata, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), Reliance Jio Infocomm, Omantel and Telekom Malaysia.
Edward West, chairman of the BBG Interim Procurement Group said: “BBG, the first system to be lit as 100G on day 1 will be a step change in capacity on this important route. The bandwidth, resilience and traffic routing of the BBG configuration, and Alcatel-Lucent’s capabilities and track record, give us the confidence that this system will be able to address the fast-evolving expectations of our customers in line with their demands.”
The new network will increase the density and reliability of international connectivity into and out of the six countries via landing points in Barka (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Mumbai and Chennai (India), Ratmalana (Sri Lanka), Penang (Malaysia) and Singapore. Commercial operation of the submarine cable system which use the 100G technology and spans around 8,000 km, is expected to begin by the end of 2014.
Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “As a leader in advanced coherent technology, Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G technology and advances in its branching unit set a new benchmark for the supply of fully robust high capacity systems with a clear upgrade path to higher speeds.”
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