Alcatel-Lucent to build ME-Asia subsea cable

New Bay of Bengal Gateway cable to link Middle East, India and Far East

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Alcatel-Lucent to build ME-Asia subsea cable The new cable will link the Middle East with India and Asia. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 1, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent has been appointed by the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) telecom consortium to construct an undersea cable to link India, the Middle East and Far East.

The 8,000km cable will link Oman, the United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia with ulta high capacity using Alcatel-Lucent's 100G technology, and will be ready for service by 2014.

The Bay of Bengal Gateway consortium consists of Vodafone Group, Dialog Axiata, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), Reliance Jio Infocomm, Omantel and Telekom Malaysia.

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."

The cable will have landing points Barka (Oman), Fujairah (United Arab Emirates), Mumbai and Chennai (India), Ratmalana (Sri Lanka), Penang (Malaysia) and Singapore.

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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