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Fujitsu to build fiber-optic cable network for Sea-Me-We

Posted: 02 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fujitsu? alcatel? sea-me-we? fiber-optic submarine cable network?

Fujitsu Ltd has been selected by the Sea-Me-We 4 consortia, together with its co-contractor Alcatel, to construct a high-capacity fiber-optic submarine cable network, as part of the Sea-Me-We 4 submarine optical network linking Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe.

Under the terms of the contract, Fujitsu will provide a high-capacity submarine optical system featuring its submarine transmission technology, with optically amplified submersible repeaters and leading edge DWDM transmission equipment. This allows the company to achieve transmission capacities unprecedented for submarine networks of such a lengthy span. The project will be managed on a turnkey basis, covering all operations from marine survey, system design and manufacturing, through to marine installation, testing, commissioning and training.

The new terabit cable system will support more than 32 times the initial transmission capacity of the previous Sea-Me-We 3 network. The 20,000km cable network, a length equivalent to half the Earth's circumference, will link 14 countries from France to Singapore via Italy, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Malaysia with 16 landing points. The system is commissioned for start-up by July 2005.

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