Bezeq International and Alca-Lu partner for Israel-Europe submarine cable system

19 Nov 2010

Bezeq International, a subsidiary of Israeli fixed line incumbent Bezeq, has announced that it has teamed up with French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent to roll out a new high speed submarine cable linking Tel Aviv to Italy and then on to Europe via land route. The cable system will span 2,297km, and Bezeq International claims the link will be the first fully-owned by a domestic operator to land in Israel, with the operator noting that the system will enable it to better serve its customers, while reducing the capital expenditures deriving from leasing capacity. Isaac Benbenisti, chief executive officer of Bezeq International, said of the announcement: ‘Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced technology will enable us to offer access to huge bandwidth at more affordable rates, while empowering our ability to deliver new applications for our customers and benefit from growth in the wholesale market,’ while Phillipe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks noted: ‘The availability of more capacity will boost connectivity to support the move to high speed broadband, while ensuring low-latency and increasing flexibility to serve the diversified requirement of businesses and consumers.’