In a press release, Alcatel-Lucent has announced the signing of a contract to deploy the 7,100km Atlantic-Mediterranean segment of the 15,000km Europe India Gateway (EIG) submarine cable system. EIG is the first direct, high-bandwidth optical-fibre submarine cable system from the UK to India, designed to enhance capacity between countries on three continents. With completion scheduled in the second quarter of 2010, EIG will have the capability to deliver capacity of up to 3.84 terabits per second (Tbps) to support internet, e-commerce, video, data and voice services. Alcatel-Lucent is one of two submarine cable network suppliers for the project, which has a total value of over USD700 million.
EIG landing stations are planned in the UK, Portugal, Gibraltar, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and India. It will also provide interconnection with other major cable systems connecting Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. The EIG consortium members include: AT&T; Bharti Airtel; BT; C&W; Djibouti Telecom; du; Gibtelecom; Libyan Post, Telecom & Information Technology Company (LPTIC); MTN Group; Omantel; PT Comunicacoes; Saudi Telecom Company; Telecom Egypt; Telkom SA; and Verizon Business.
Under a turnkey contract, Alca-Lu will have responsibility for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the Atlantic-Mediterranean segment of EIG. The company will deploy dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) transmission equipment to provide seamless connectivity across the two terrestrial links in the UK and Egypt at 40Gbps.