Brasil Telecom GlobeNet selects Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its 22,000 km submarine network across the Americas
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has signed a contract with Brasil Telecom GlobeNet, who owns and operates GlobeNet - the lowest latency submarine network serving the Americas - to upgrade the existing 22,000 km system linking the United States with Latin America. A private ceremony was held in Baltimore, MD, at SubOptic 2007, in the presence of representatives of Brasil Telecom GlobeNet and Alcatel-Lucent.
Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade the submarine section, along with the respective landing points, linking Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza), Venezuela (Maiquetía), Bermuda (St.David's), and USA (Boca Raton, FL and Tuckerton, NJ). In Rio de Janeiro, the submarine network integrates with the terrestrial optical infrastructure of GlobeNet's parent company, Brasil Telecom(Bovespa: BRTO3/BRT04 and NYSE: BTM). When completed in the first quarter of 2008, the project will almost double the existing capacity over the entire network.
GlobeNet's businesses and consumers will benefit from enhanced connectivity and reliability to access new applications and services. Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's state-of-the-art submarine technology, GlobeNet will be able to further expand its wholesale service offering to deliver from broadband, Carrier Ethernet, fixed and mobile IP-based, legacy voice services to enterprise applications such as hosting, video conferencing and international private line services.
"We focus on enhancing network capacity and availability for maximum effectiveness to best serve our customers, while capitalizing on our existing infrastructure," said Emagnor Tessinari, Chief Operating Officer of GlobeNet. "Alcatel-Lucent continues to be a valued partner to help us further innovate our global capabilities."
"GlobeNet require more bandwidth to support the new breed of emerging services, while keeping its network easy to manage," said Jean Godeluck, president of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "Our solutions enable the introduction of advanced services and applications smoothly to help our customers' competitive transformation for continued end-user satisfaction and retention."
The Alcatel-Lucent submarine solution will be based on its 1620 Light Manager, managed by the upgraded Alcatel-Lucent 1350 management suite. A comprehensive suite of professional services, including manufacturing, installation and commissioning, is part of this turnkey project.