Alcatel-Lucent to build new undersea cable linking Tongo to the global digital community
Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Tonga Cable Limited to deliver an undersea cablebetween the Kingdom of Tonga and its neighbor Fiji, connecting Tonga to the fiber optic submarine cable “Southern Cross”, wich link up, for more than 12 years, California to Australia, New-Zealand and Fidji.
This project, expected to be over by mid-2013, will bring to the Tongan islands broadband services such as streaming video and high-speed Internet access to residents and tourists alike.
The installation will be performed by Alcatel-Lucent’s “Ile de Ré” cable ship, which is based in the region and is specialized for laying and maintenance operations.
Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: “We are pleased to be able to play a role in strengthening Tonga’s connections with the rest of the world. This new link will further expand connectivity throughout the Pacific Islands to drive digital inclusion.”
Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in the network and telecommunication products and services’industry, operating in more than 130 countries. Its headquarters are in Paris, and its turnover for 2012 was of 15,3 billions of euros.
Alcatel-Lucent is part of the 2012’s list of the 50 most innovative societies in the world, published by the media agency and magazine Technology Review of the Massachussetts Institute of Technologye (MIT).
Source: Oceania Flash / Alcatel-Lucent