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Global Marine Acquires Red Sky Assets
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 @ 01:21:59 EST
Topic: ONSHORE NEWS


Global Marine SystemsGlobal Marine Systems Limited, the independent market-leading subsea cable installation and maintenance company, is pleased to announce it has acquired the assets of Red Sky Systems, a developer of submarine network technology. Red Sky technology enables a simple integration of terrestrial and submarine networks and, through this technology, Global Marine will be able to offer network operators a more cost-effective, efficient and uncomplicated means of running or upgrading their networks relative to
traditional submarine solutions.

When combined with industry standard subsea components that are embedded in the patented Red Sky repeaters, the unique Red Sky Optical Line Interface (OLI) allows network managers to operate subsea networks using industry standard applications common to
terrestrial networks.

Commenting today, Andy Bax, Head of Submarine Networks at Global Marine said, “Red Sky technology represents a very advanced approach to combining undersea and terrestrial networks, resulting in a greatly simplified, more flexible and more cost effective alternative to legacy subsea systems.” He added, “Based upon the latest developments in optical engineering, the Red Sky solution truly offers something new to operators looking to build regional or specialist networks.”

Similar to Global Marine’s industry standard Universal Jointing products and services, the Red Sky OLI is also vendor neutral providing a single standard based interface to any piece of optical transmission equipment. It can carry signals up to 175km from terminal location to first repeater, representing a huge step forward from the current market standard.

Gabriel Ruhan, Managing Director at Global Marine said, “In the growing market for regional submarine networks, marine installation is often the most complex part of the project and typically carries the greatest risk. The Red Sky acquisition will further augment Global Marine’s strategy to help make the submarine network industry more efficient and accessible to both cable operators and equipment suppliers.”

He added, “As a leading marine engineering company, we believe that the acquisition of Red Sky technology represents a fundamental part of our growth strategy. As with Global Marine’s ownership of universal jointing core patents, the Red Sky technology will also be developed in a similar manner for the long term benefit of the telecoms industry.”

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Source: Global Marine Systems
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