French Polynesia’s Office des Postes & Télécommunications awards Alcatel-Lucent new submarine cable network linking Tahiti to Hawaii
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announces the signing of a turnkey contract with French Polynesian operator Office des Postes & Télécommunications (OPT). According to this agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will roll out a new, high-speed submarine cable network linking Tahiti in French Polynesia to Hawaii in the U.S, as well as providing domestic connectivity.
This new submarine network, with a value of 72.2 M Euros, has been called ‘Honotua' (a Tahitian name meaning the link towards the open sea)and it will greatly increase French Polynesia's local and international connectivity.
Accordingly, OPT will be able to respond at more affordable costs, to the growing demand for broadband services of its business and residential users. By providing the first submarine connection in French Polynesia, this network will also help reduce the digital divide in the Pacific region.
Delivering an ultimate capacity of 32 x10 Gbit/s, the ‘Honotua' network will be composed of an international link between Tahiti and Hawaii (4,650 km) and a domestic connection (305 km)linking some of the islands in the French Polynesian archipelago. With completion scheduled in 2010, the ‘Honotua' submarine cable network will ease the availability and accessibility to high quality, innovative broadband applications such as telemedicine, e-learning and on-line tourism programs.
"This is a fundamental endeavor for French Polynesia aiming to fuel economic and social viability for our community" points out M. Jacqui Drollet, Minister of Culture, Post & Telecommunications in French Polynesia. "The new broadband services and business-driven applications this network will make available will allow us to improve the quality of life for our citizens."
"The adoption rates of data services are growing fast, as well as end-users' needs for bandwidth, reliability and service delivery speeds," emphasizes Jean-Paul Barral, OPT's Chairman of the Board. "With its recognized experience, Alcatel-Lucent is a trusted technology partner as we take a new step in our communication capabilities to meet these new service demands reliably and at affordable costs."
"This contract confirms Alcatel-Lucent's commitment to helping customers like OPT bridge the digital divide and spur sustainable growth", says Etienne Lafougère, President of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "Our solutions give access to advanced technologies for delivering high added-value broadband services and applications that stimulate socio-economic development."
This new contract further strengthens the long-lasting cooperation between Alcatel-Lucent and OPT that already deploys Alcatel-Lucent's wireless and access solutions to extend service reach in less dense and remote rural areas of the archipelago.