Arsat teams up with Alcatel-Lucent for nationwide fibre-optic network

24 May 2013

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has partnered with Argentine state-owned telecoms provider Arsat for the deployment of a nationwide 100G fibre-optic network across the country. The new infrastructure will enable high capacity data communications over two routes – one between the capital Buenos Aires in the east and Mendoza in the west, and a second connecting Rio Gallegos and Ushuaia in the south, crossing the Magellan Strait. The high capacity transport network, which is based on the vendor’s Agile Optical Networking technology, will ultimately provide backbone connectivity to enable high speed internet access and digital television for 97% of the Argentine population. The Buenos Aires-Mendoza network is scheduled for completion this year, and will be the first phase of Arsat’s investment plan in this project. Under the contract, valued at approximately USD7.3 million, Alcatel-Lucent will provide project management services as well as training and technical assistance for five years. ‘Alcatel-Lucent is committed to making internet access a reality for underserved communities,’ commented Marcelo Entreconti, Alcatel-Lucent’s leader of Strategic Industries for South America, adding: ’We are pleased to work with Arsat on this important project to provide our leading Agile Optical Networking 100G technology which offers a flexible, cost effective solution for the transportation of high-bandwidth data.’

Argentina, Alcatel-Lucent, ARSAT