Monday, February 21, 2005

Flag Telecom Selects Alcatel for Terabit Undersea Cable

FLAG Telecom awarded a multi-million dollar turnkey contract to Alcatel for the construction of FALCON, a multi-terabit/s, new generation DWDM submarine cable system.

FALCON will provide multiple landings throughout the Gulf region, with submarine links initially stretching to India in the east and to Egypt in the west. Under the terms of the turnkey contract, won in open tender, Alcatel, already a key supplier to FLAG Telecom, will manage all areas of the cable build, including installation, commissioning and testing. FALCON will span over 10,000 km and will offer significantly more high-quality capacity in the region to help address the growing traffic demands from the accelerating take up of broadband services.

The FALCON network will be built and installed in simultaneous sections using several submarine cable laying ships and initial service will commence by the fourth quarter of 2005. FALCON will incorporate comprehensive protection mechanisms to ensure the highest level of network reliability.

Alcatel will supply its next-generation DWDM submarine line terminal. Alcatel's Optical Multi-Service Node and 1678 Metro Core Connect terrestrial systems will be installed to connect the landing stations. All terrestrial and submarine equipment will be managed by an integrated network management system provided by Alcatel.

  • FLAG Telecom is a member company of India's Reliance Group.


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