Thursday, June 29, 2006

Alcatel to Build 320 Gbps Cable Linking France and Morocco

Maroc Telecom, the leading telecommunication operator in Morocco, selected Alcatel to build a submarine cable network linking Morocco and France. The project, named Atlas Offshore and valued at EUR 26 million, will span more than 1,600 km between Marseille in France and Asilah in Morocco. Once completed in early 2007, it will enable Maroc Telecom to handle the increasing number of DSL subscribers by leveraging enhanced connectivity and broadband access capabilities.

Furthermore, it will create a new traffic route offering an alternative path to the existing 3,200 km Eurafrica submarine system linking France, Morocco and Portugal. The 320 Gbps capacity offered by the Marseille-Asilah connection will be 570 times higher than the one delivered by the Eurafrica submarine network.

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