Tele Greenland selects Alcatel-Lucent to implement Euro 90 million “Greenland Connect” project
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the signature of a Euro 90 million turnkey contract with Tele Greenland to deploy a 4,600 kilometer submarine cable network linking Greenland to Iceland and Canada. The new cable network, called Greenland Connect, is expected to provide international and domestic connectivity to meet the growing bandwidth requirements for new applications – including video, data, and other multimedia services – to serve Tele Greenland’s users. The project should be completed before the winter season of 2008.
The Greenland Connect network will consist of two main sections (or trunk cables): the first one will span 2,500 kilometers from Nuuk in Greenland to Milton in Newfoundland and the second will link Nuuk and Qaqortoq to Landeyarsandur in Iceland over 2,100 kilometers. Each of the trunk cables will be equipped with branching units allowing for future connections north of Nuuk and also for a direct connection from Newfoundland to Iceland. Greenland Connect will offer an ultimate capacity of up to 96 x 10Gbit/s.
The network will enable businesses and consumers to benefit from services such as broadband Internet and video conferencing. Tele Greenland will also be able to further enhance its end-to-end offering for voice and data network hubs, call centers and advanced multimedia applications for maritime safety and emergency communications.
“According to our vision “Greenland in the Centre of the World, we have to address increased connectivity requirements, while minimizing our operational costs and guaranteeing performance continuity at the highest level possible. The Greenland Connect cable will provide Greenland with a place on the worldwide Internet network, and direct access to American and European markets” said CEO Brian Buus Pedersen, Tele Greenland. “Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine solutions offer the flexibly and reliability our customers require to support the cost-effective delivery of innovative services.”
“The severe weather conditions of Greenland and the North Atlantic Ocean make this project very challenging,“ stated Jean Godeluck, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine network activity. “Our selection for this project is based on our ability to manage from the most simple to the most complex turnkey projects and deliver it on time.”
About Tele Greenland
For more than 75 years, TELE Greenland Inc. has provided telecommunications and marketed telecom and IT-solutions in Greenland. The telecom division operates telecommunications activities in Greenland according to a concession granted by the Greenland Home Rule Government. With a total area of 2,2 million Sq. km, Greenland is the largest island in the world, 10 times the size of The United Kingdom and part of the North American continent. Greenland has a population of 57,000 people located along the west and east coast of the island in 17 towns and 55 settlements.
For more information, visit Tele Greenland on the Internet: external linkhttp://www.tele.gl
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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