Alcatel has announced that it has signed a turnkey contract with Global Crossing, which owns and operates the world’s first integrated global IP-based network, to upgrade its Mid Atlantic Crossing (MAC) submarine cable network linking North America, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific. The project will deliver Global Crossing extra-capacity to support the accelerating pace of growth in bandwidth-intensive data services and applications such as IP VPN Service, VoIP Service and IP Video. The MAC submarine cable system runs between Brookhaven – New York, Hollywood – Florida and St. Croix in Virgin Islands. It connects to Global Crossing’s Atlantic Crossing systems (AC 1 and AC 2), in Brookhaven and Hollywood, as well as to its South American Crossing (SAC) and Pacific Crossing (PAC) systems in St Croix. The overall core infrastructure delivers uninterrupted, high-bandwidth connectivity to these business-intensive regions. Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel will supply a turnkey, end-to-end solution based on the most advanced submarine optical networking equipment, including its new-generation DWDM submarine line terminal, the Alcatel 1620 Light Manager. The Alcatel 1350 management suite will manage the new equipment. Alcatel will also be in charge of the installation, testing and commissioning.