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September 6, 2010

eFive Telecoms selects Alcatel-Lucent to build submarine cable network

Alcatel-Lucent to be in charge of system design, manufacturing and installation

By CBR Staff Writer

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by South African telecommunications company eFive Telecoms, to build a new submarine cable network linking the west coast of Africa to South America.

Alcatel-Lucent said that the new system will be composed of two trunks – the first one connecting South Africa to Angola and Nigeria, and the second trunk linking Angola to Brazil.

The new submarine cable network will increase connectivity in Africa, offer additional capacity for wholesale and will also enhance service and traffic protection by providing cable route diversity to South America.

The company said that it will be in charge of system design, manufacturing, installation and commissioning.

The system will also be maintained by Alcatel-Lucent through its atlantic private Maintenance agreement which currently covers over 100,000km of submarine cable infrastructure from the west coast of Africa to the Caribbean and as far north as Greenland.

eFive Telecoms managing director Lawrence Mulaudzi said that the planned submarine network will provide cable route diversity to South America, making the most economical and operational sense in the current landscape.

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