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French firm to upgrade East Africa's undersea cable

23 January 2014, 08:46

Nairobi - French firm Alcatel-Lucent said Wednesday it will upgrade the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) with the deployment of the latest 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) technology.

Alcatel-Lucent said its 100G technology will enable the system to ultimately carry capacity in excess of 10Tbit/s, further complementing its ability to carry high volumes of data capacity on the EASSy system, which runs 10,000 km from South Africa to Sudan, in support of the continued explosion of data traffic in Africa.

"Since EASSy entered service in 2010, we have seen enormous growth in demand for capacity on the system, reflecting the service quality and reliability that we have been able to offer," said Chris Wood, Chairman of the EASSy Management Committee.

"This upgrade will add an additional 400Gbps of capacity throughout the system, using Alcatel-Lucent's advanced coherent 100Gbit/s technology, and enables us to take a further step in offering our customers the ultra-broadband capacity needed for innovative services and applications."

Alcatel-Lucent will leverage its experience of deployments around Africa to provide this upgrade within EASSy's requested timeframe.

EASSy is owned and operated by a group of 17 African and international shareholders -- all telecommunications operators and service providers.

"We are pleased to continue our cooperation with EASSy owners following the initial deployment and subsequent upgrades to higher speeds," said Philippe Dumont, head of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks.

"With staged upgrades until now, this latest upgrade using our 100Gbit/s technology confirms Alcatel-Lucent as the leading innovation partner to address evolving connectivity needs over time whilst meeting the low-latency and the resilience requirements that our customers demand."

The system is implemented in a protected ring configuration linking eight countries from Sudan to South Africa, via Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Comores and Mozambique. Landings are located in Port Sudan, Djibouti (Djibouti), Mombasa (Kenya), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Moroni (Comoros), Toliary (Madagascar), Maputo (Mozambique) and Mtunzini (South Africa).

The system also addresses a wide range of international destinations through interconnection with multiple international submarine cable networks for diverse, seamless onward connectivity to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.

- Xinhua


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