Posted on 06.07.2010 - 12:00 EDT in SUBSEA TELECOMS NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links
Main One Cable Company Limited relies on Alcatel-Lucent to maintain 6,800 km cable system, linking Portugal to Nigeria
Alcatel-Lucent and Main One Cable Company Limited, owner of a new cable on the West Coast of Africa, have signed a maintenance contract for the Phase 1 of the Main One cable system, an open access submarine cable network aiming to contribute to enhance African and international connectivity.
Delivering high-speed bandwidth of 1.92 Tbit/s, the Main One cable will contribute to enabling cost-effective access to global information, data and markets in Western Africa. In Phase 1, the system will connect Portugal to Nigeria over 6,800 km with an additional landing station in Ghana. In Portugal, it will interconnect to cable systems serving other markets in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
This marine maintenance agreement will enable Main One to address the need for managing and maintaining the network at the highest level of performance delivered at the lowest operating cost. As part of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will make available its maintenance vessels, as well as its experienced, fully trained, and certified specialist personnel.
"To ensure the continuity and quality of communications required by our customers, we need to rely on state-of-the-art cable ships capable of carrying out all aspects of cable maintenance in any weather condition," said Bernard Logan, Main One business development executive. "Alcatel-Lucent's experience provides us with highly skilled personnel and advanced maintenance cable ships and tools to meet our rigorous technical demands in an economically viable manner."
"This contract further confirms Alcatel-Lucent's leading role as marine service provider to help operators' maintain their networks at the highest standards of service reliability for maximum end-user confidence," said Philippe Dumont, head of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "Our value proposition capitalizes on our unique experience as turnkey provider, allowing us to offer a wide range of installation, maintenance and related services, which includes the Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement, providing a unique solution fitting withthe particular maintenance philosophies of individual cable owners and their needs."
Alcatel-Lucent's Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement (APMA) currently maintains over 100,000km of critical submarine cable infrastructure in the Atlantic region ranging from the West coast of Africa to the Caribbean and as far north as Greenland.