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Fujitsu takes part in submarine cable network upgrade

Posted: 11 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:submarine cable network? broadband? telecommunications?

Fujitsu Ltd has announced it is taking part in the planned capacity upgrade of the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE) 4 submarine cable network that connects numerous countries between Singapore and France.

The multimillion-dollar second upgrade project, with completion set in 2009, will triple the existing trunk capacity of the system, enabling SEA-ME-WE 4 to support the increased broadband traffic requirements along the route.

Owned and operated by 16 international telecommunications carriers, SEA-ME-WE 4 spans nearly 20,000km linking 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.

Fujitsu had the turnkey responsibility of the network from design to laying for Segment 1 linking Singapore to Mumbai. Fujitsu, and its co-contractor Alcatel-Lucent, supplied the network that started commercial operation in Q4 05. The network's capacity was subsequently doubled in Q3 07.

Under the terms of the contract, Fujitsu will upgrade the Singapore-India submarine link by deploying, installing and commissioning additional dense wavelength division multiplexing equipment, the FLASHWAVE S650 for the network.

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