Alcatel wins $US100 million contract to upgrade cable

Hot on the heels of a double outage that shut down the Southern Cross Cable for 17 hours, SCC has announced Alcatel will be the technology partner for the next stage of the cable's upgrade.

Hot on the heels of a double outage that shut down the Southern Cross Cable for 17 hours, SCC has announced Alcatel will be the technology partner for the next stage of the cable's upgrade.

The contract, worth over $US100 million, will see Alcatel equip the third fibre pair in the network increasing the network's capacity by 10Gbits per wavelength. Alcatel was the primary technology provider for the initial installation of the network which was completed earlier this year.

The project falls into two stages - the first will add 50Gbit/s to the original capacity of 80Gbit/s. Stage II will add an additional 110Gbit/s to reach the total 240Gbit/s and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2003. The network could potentially reach double that capacity although there are no plans to extend it beyond the 240Gibt/s at this stage.

The cable was damaged just outside Sydney harbour during a storm earlier this month and suffered the indignity of having a power outage at the US end of the loop at the same time. That outage involved a power module and its back-up device, something that was described at the time as highly unusual.

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