Expansion of existing program strengthens companies’ marine and maintenance services to minimize cable outage time throughout the region
Paris, France and Morristown, NJ, USA – September 20, 2011 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, today announced a significant expansion to their joint maintenance program for submarine optical communication links throughout the Pacific basin. The ‘Pacific End-to-End Maintenance Solution’ boosts the companies’ ability to maintain and repair undersea cables in the northern Pacific region, to support current telecommunications clients and other potential customers seeking marine services.
Submarine cable networks connect countries and continents, carrying vast amounts of data traffic including video. They are developed for high reliability over their 25-year design life. However, cables can be damaged by external forces such as earthquakes, hurricanes, intense fishing activity and ship anchors. Marine maintenance services repair damaged cable and help restore normal operation as quickly as possible, limiting disruption to global communications and commerce.
Alcatel-Lucent and TE SubCom first joined forces in the Pacific in 2008 with two cable ships serving the northwestern portion of the region. The deployment of additional cable ships in the course of this year as a maintenance resource in the northeastern region provides complete coverage for the entire northern Pacific. The companies’ cable ships operating in the Pacific are all fully equipped and strategically located to efficiently and effectively repair and maintain cable systems and provide customers with a single, streamlined marine solution for Pacific operations.
Julian Rawle, Managing Partner at Pioneer Consulting, one of the premiere undersea telecom consulting companies, said: “The submarine cable maintenance market currently lacks the necessary flexibility to move resources quickly across regions to where they are needed. This initiative by Alcatel-Lucent and TE SubCom is a step forward to better address cable owners’ service and economic requirements”.
Michel Bouvard, Vice President Marine Operations of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks SAS, said: “A successful submarine cable system does not end with the completion of the installation; effective maintenance and timely repair support services are critical for the efficiency of the network throughout its 25-year design life. Strengthening our marine presence in the Pacific, this End-to-End Maintenance Solution offers a real advantage for customers, as it provides customers with one point of contact for all their systems in the region, greatly simplifying management of maintenance resources.”
Frank Cuccio, Vice President and General Manager of Marine Services at TE SubCom, said: “The Pacific End-to-End Maintenance Solution brings together the technology, equipment and skills of two of the leading players in the subsea cable industry. The shared expertise of TE SubCom and Alcatel-Lucent clearly benefits customers and the undersea industry as a whole. SubCom has been providing marine services in the northeastern Pacific for 20 years, so we view the expansion of our maintenance solution in the region as a natural progression.”
About TE SubCom
TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, SubCom delivers the most reliable, high quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. The company designs, manufactures and installs systems around the world, and has deployed more than 490,000km of subsea communication cable—or enough to circle the earth more than 12 times at the equator. SubCom’s global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.
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About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.
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