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Alcatel-Lucent to Upgrade EASSy Submarine Cable System

28 January, 2014
CIO East Africa

In support of the continued explosion of data traffic in Africa, Alcatel-Lucent is set to upgrade the 10,000km East Africa sub Marine System (EASSy) undersea cable along Africa's eastern and southern coast that links South Africa to Sudan.

The upgrade of the undersea system will also help boost ultra-broadband capacity and strengthen onward connectivity between eastern & southern Africa and Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

EASSy is one of the largest and most modern systems serving Africa, with the deployment of the latest 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) technology.

Chris Wood, Chairman of the EASSy Management Committee said that since EASSy entered service in 2010, they have seen enormous growth in demand for capacity on the system, reflecting the service quality and reliability that they have been able to offer.

"This upgrade will add an additional 400Gbps of capacity throughout the system, using Alcatel-Lucent's advanced coherent 100Gbit/s technology, and enables us to take a further step in offering our customers the ultra-broadband capacity needed for innovative services and applications," said Wood.

Alcatel-Lucent's 100G technology will enable the system to ultimately carry capacity in excess of 10Tbit/s, further complementing its ability to carry high volumes of data capacity on the EASSy system, which runs 10,000km from South Africa to Sudan. Alcatel-Lucent will also leverage its unmatched experience of deployments around Africa to provide this upgrade within EASSy's requested timeframe.

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said,"We are pleased to continue our cooperation with EASSy owners following the initial deployment and subsequent upgrades to higher speeds. With staged upgrades until now, this latest upgrade using our 100Gbit/s technology confirms Alcatel-Lucent as the leading innovation partner to address evolving connectivity needs over time whilst meeting the low-latency and the resilience requirements that our customers demand."

EASSy is owned and operated by a group of 17 African and international shareholders all telecommunications operators and service providers. The system is implemented in a protected ring configuration linking eight countries from Sudan to South Africa, via Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Comoros and Mozambique. Landings are located in Port Sudan, Djibouti (Djibouti), Mombasa (Kenya), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Moroni (Comores), Toliary (Madagascar), Maputo (Mozambique) and Mtunzini (South Africa). The system also addresses a wide range of international destinations through interconnection with multiple international submarine cable networks for diverse, seamless onward connectivity to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.

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