Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the signature of a Euro 90 million turnkey contract with Tele Greenland to deploy a 4,600 kilometer submarine cable network linking Greenland to Iceland and Canada. The new cable network, called Greenland Connect, is expected to provide international and domestic connectivity to meet the growing bandwidth requirements for new applications - including video, data, and other multimedia services - to serve Tele Greenland's users. The project should be completed before the winter season of 2008.
The Greenland Connect network will consist of two main sections (or trunk cables): the first one will span 2,500 kilometers from Nuuk in Greenland to Milton in Newfoundland and the second will link Nuuk and Qaqortoq to Landeyarsandur in Iceland over 2,100 kilometers. Each of the trunk cables will be equipped with branching units allowing for future connections north of Nuuk and also for a direct connection from Newfoundland to Iceland. Greenland Connect will offer an ultimate capacity of up to 96 x 10Gbit/s.
The network will enable businesses and consumers to benefit from services such as broadband Internet and video conferencing. Tele Greenland will also be able to further enhance its end-to-end offering for voice and data network hubs, call centers and advanced multimedia applications for maritime safety and emergency communications.
"According to our vision "Greenland in the Centre of the World, we have to address increased connectivity requirements, while minimizing our operational costs and guaranteeing performance continuity at the highest level possible. The Greenland Connect cable will provide Greenland with a place on the worldwide Internet network, and direct access to American and European markets" said CEO Brian Buus Pedersen, Tele Greenland. "Alcatel-Lucent's submarine solutions offer the flexibly and reliability our customers require to support the cost-effective delivery of innovative services."
"The severe weather conditions of Greenland and the North Atlantic Ocean make this project very challenging," stated Jean Godeluck, President of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network activity. "Our selection for this project is based on our ability to manage from the most simple to the most complex turnkey projects and deliver it on time."