Posted on 04.05.2010 - 13:00 EDT in SUBSEA TELECOMS NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links
Oi's GlobeNet and Alcatel-Lucent complete upgrade of 22,000 kilometer submarine network linking the Americas
Alcatel-Lucent and GlobeNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oi, completed the upgrade of the 22,000 kilometer submarine cable system linking the United States with Latin America. This project, the second upgrade in approximately 18 months, enables GlobeNet to deliver more than 110 Gbit/s of capacity, meaning it could carry as many as 13.75 million of voice calls at one time.
GlobeNet's customers now benefit from enhanced connectivity and reliability as well as faster access to applications and services. Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's state-of-the-art submarine technology, GlobeNet can expand its wholesale service offering to include broadband, carrier Ethernet, fixed and mobile IP-based and traditional voice services as well as applications such as hosting, video conferencing and international private line services.
In addition to the submarine sections, Alcatel-Lucent upgraded the landing points in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Brazil), Maiquetía (Venezuela), St.David's (Bermuda), Boca Raton and Tuckerton, Fla. In Rio de Janeiro, the submarine network integrates with the terrestrial optical infrastructure of GlobeNet's parent company, Oi. Alcatel-Lucent also managed the installation, deployment and commissioning of the system.
"GlobeNet's commitment is to enhance the capacity and capabilities of the network to serve our customers even better with new reliable services, while leveraging the investment made in our existing infrastructure," said Eric Contag, Chief Operating Officer, GlobeNet. "Alcatel-Lucent continues to be a valued partner, helping us further innovate and expand our global capabilities while respecting our tight schedule requirements."
"This network upgrade provides GlobeNet with the extra capacity needed to support advanced services, while keeping its network easy to manage," stated Philippe Dumont, General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "This project further confirms our close and successful relationship with GlobeNet to assist them in offering end-users the best possible service experience."