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September 11, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent's Cable Ship Arrives in Greenland


By Michelle Robart SIP Trunking Report Editor



Alcatel-Lucent today announced the successful Greenland arrival of its cable ship, the ‘Ile de Sein.’

 
Landing in Nuuk, the 2,100 km section (or trunk cable) of Tele Greenland's submarine cable network, followed a carefully assessed route from Landeyjasandur, Iceland to Qaqortoq, Greenland.
 
After completing the cable loading in Calais, France in July, the ‘Ile de Sein’ began laying segments 1 and 2 in early August to Iceland and Greenland.
 
With survey instruments mapping the seabed, these segments are three of the four sections composing the 90 million Euro project "Greenland Connect" awarded to Alcatel-Lucent in December 2007. The laying completion is scheduled to be completed before the winter season.
 
The Greenland Connect submarine cable network offers an ultimate capacity of up to 96x10Gbit/s, and was designed to provide international and domestic connectivity to meet the growing bandwidth requirements for new applications to serve Tele Greenland's customers. This deployment further enhances Tele Greenland's end-to-end offering for voice and data network hubs, broadband Internet, video conferencing, call centers and advanced multimedia applications.
 
"We have addressed the increased connectivity requirements, while guaranteeing performance continuity at the highest level possible. The Greenland Connect cable exemplifies our vision 'Greenland in the Center of the World' to provide Greenland with a place on the worldwide Internet network, and direct access to American and European markets" said CEO Brian Buus Pedersen, Tele Greenland. "Alcatel-Lucent has fully met our expectations and their submarine solutions are strategic to us to provide the technology platform and reliability our customers require to access cost-effective, innovative IT-services and, also, new opportunities with great potential in Greenland such as e-trade, e-education, e-health, e-citizen and e-home."
 
"The severe weather conditions of Greenland and the North Atlantic Ocean were key challenges in defining the deployment plan for this project," stated Etienne Lafougère, president of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "This achievement is based on our ability to manage the simplest to the most complex turnkey project and to deliver on time."
 
The Ile de Sein is owned by Alcatel-Lucent via Alda Marine, a joint venture with Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.
 
Alcatel-Lucent has deployed its 1620 Light Manager (LM), its cables - equipped with branching units allowing for future connections north of Nuuk - and repeaters along the network route.


For more than 75 years, Tele Greenland has provided telecommunications and marketed telecom and IT-solutions in Greenland. The telecom division operates telecommunications activities in Greenland according to a concession granted by the Greenland Home Rule Government. With a total area of 2,2 million Sq. km, Greenland is the largest island in the world, 10 times the size of The United Kingdom and part of the North American continent. Greenland has a population of 57,000 people located along the west and east coast of the island in 17 towns and 55 settlements.
 
Alcatel-Lucent provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. Offering fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent provides the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.
 

Michelle Robart is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Michelle's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart
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