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Alcatel-Lucent and consortium to build 8,000-km cable system

Alcatel-Lucent announced that it will work with a consortium to deploy a new 100 Gigabit-per-second (100G) submarine cable system to connect Oman, the United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

A press release said that Alcatel-Lucent will work with a consortium of Vodafone Group, Dialog Axiata, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), Reliance Jio Infocomm, Omantel and Telekom Malaysia to create the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system. It said that the project "will enhance the robustness and reliability of international connectivity into and out of the six countries via landing points in Barka (Oman), Fujairah (United Arab Emirates), Mumbai and Chennai (India), Ratmalana (Sri Lanka), Penang (Malaysia) and Singapore."

The BBG consortium, the release said, will integrate Alcatel-Lucent's latest innovations in subsea communications, including the Advanced Coherent technology incorporating the latest Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SDFEC) technology in the 1620 Light Manager submarine line terminal and an advanced branching unit offering dynamic features for enhanced system resilience. Alcatel-Lucent will also install cable and repeaters, and the cable system will be managed by Alcatel-Lucent's end-to-end submarine network management system, it said, as well as be in charge of project management, system design, marine operations and system commissioning.

The release said that commercial operation of the system should be working by the end of 2014. It will offer an ultra high design capacity, underpinning the continued growth of new applications and services in the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East.

"BBG, the first system to be lit as 100G on Day 1, will be a step change in capacity on this important route," said Edward West, chairman of the BBG Interim Procurement Group. "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."

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