Alcatel-Lucent has signed – in consortium with Canadian marine service provider IT Telecom – a contract with Antel Uruguay for a new submarine cable network linking Maldonado in Uruguay to Las Toninas in Argentina. With an ultimate design capacity of 3.84Tb, this new 250km-long submarine cable system will provide Antel and Telecom Argentina with greater capacity, faster connectivity and bandwidth availability to support innovative, IP-based services, while lowering the cost of broadband access in the region. With completion expected in the fourth quarter of 2010, it will also provide route diversity for enhanced traffic protection.
Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will design, manufacture and commission the submarine cable system, based on its dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology and cables. IT Telecom will design the route and perform marine surveys and installation of the submarine cable system.