Libyan firm and Alcatel Lucent sign broadband cable contract

undersea wikimediacommonsThe new cable system will contribute to the reconstruction of the Libyan telecom infrastructure and will provide further reliability to domestic and international communications. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)Libyan International Telecommunication Company (LITC) and Alcatel Lucent have signed a turnkey contract to deploy a new 1,000km undersea broadband cable system linking Tripoli to Benghazi

The new cable system is expected to contribute to the reconstruction of the Libyan telecom infrastructure and will provide further reliability to domestic and international communications needed for business, public sector and consumer applications.

Based on Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G technology and a cable optimised with coherent submarine fibre, the system will ultimately carry capacity in excess of 10Tbit per second per fibre pair and would be ready by mid-2015.

Mohmoud Aujali, chairman of LITC, said, “Broadband connectivity is a major growth opportunity in the foreseeable future and the development of a robust telecommunication infrastructure is vital. With the help of Alcatel-Lucent, our new submarine cable system promises a significant contribution the overall developments that are being undertaken to improve standard of living for Libyans.”

Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, added that they are pleased to support LITC in delivering this major network transformation in support of the country’s efforts in reconstructing its telecom infrastructure.

“Strengthening connection with the global digital community, Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative solution will help LITC promote growth opportunities for economic, cultural and educational activities,” Dumont added.

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