Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent to Build Vanuatu to Fiji Undersea Cable

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected to deploy Vanuatu's first international submarine cable system linking Port Vila, Vanuatu, to Suva, Fiji. The 1,230-km cable will link directly into the high capacity Southern Cross Cable between Sydney and Hawaii. At an initial 20 Gbps in capacity, the new cable will provide approximately 200 times the current satellite-based connection serving this Pacific Island nation. Vanuatu will now join Fiji, PNG, Samoa, American Samoa, New Caledonia and French Polynesia as smaller South Pacific Island countries which have a submarine cable.

The US$30 million contract was awarded by Interchange Limited, a Vanuatu based company.

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