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Alcatel-Lucent to manage BBG Submarine Cable System

2 May 2013 1,278 views No Comment

Alcatel-Lucent gears up the multinational consortium to manage the BBG Submarine cable system, the BBG. India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Vodafone, Omantel, Telekom Malaysia, Dialog Axiata and Etisalat form the consortium.


“Alcatel-Lucent (French pronunciation: ​[alkatЄl lysЄnt]) is a global telecommunications equipment company, headquartered in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France. It provides telecommunications solutions to service providers, enterprises, and governments around the world, enabling these customers to deliver voice, data, and video services. The company focuses on fixed, mobile, and converged networking hardware, IP technologies, software, and services. It holds Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation and R&D houses in the communications industry.”- Wikipedia.

The Bay of Bengal is an approximately 8000 km long, 100 Gigabit-per-second cable system. Expected to be launched by 2014, its purpose is to increase the vigor and dependability if ‘international connectivity’ in six countries; Barka (Oman), Fujairah (United Arab Emirates), Mumbai and Chennai (India), Ratmalana (Sri Lanka), Penang (Malaysia) and Singapore.

Alcatel-Lucent’s and BBG’s latest technologies would be integrated to make this sub-sea communication system the finest. Alcatel-Lucent will also supervise the project management, system design, marine operations and system commissioning. The following technologies would work together:

  1. Advanced Coherent technology.
  2. Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SDFEC) technology in the 1620 Light Manager submarine line terminal.
  3. An advanced branching unit offering dynamic features for enhanced system resilience.
  4. Cable and repeaters will also be installed which will be managed by Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end submarine network management system.

Edward West, Chairman of the BBG Interim Procurement Group said: “BBG, the first system to be lit as 100G on day-1 will be a step change in capacity on this important route. The bandwidth, resilience and traffic routing of the BBG configuration, and Alcatel-Lucent’s capabilities and track record, give us the confidence that this system will be able to address the fast-evolving expectations of our customers in line with their demands.

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “We are pleased to deliver to the BBG consortium state-of–the-art technology and solutions that will help them flexibly and reliably manage bandwidth expansion on-demand. As a leader in advanced coherent technology, Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G technology and advances in its branching unit set a new benchmark for the supply of fully robust high capacity systems with a clear upgrade path to higher speeds.”

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