The new cable system will contribute to the reconstruction of the Libyan telecom infrastructure and will provide further reliability to domestic and international communications
Paris, February 3, 2014 — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has signed a turnkey contract with the Libyan International Telecommunication Company (LITC) to build a new 1,000 km undersea cable system linking the country’s capital, Tripoli, to Benghazi, and providing the broadband connectivity needed in support of ongoing efforts to revive the Libyan economy.
The system will play a critical role in the reconstruction Libya’s telecom infrastructure improving the levels of connectivity and communication reliability needed for business, public sector and consumer applications, particularly at a time when global demand for broadband services continues to grow. Based on Alcatel-Lucent‘s 100G technology and a cable optimized with coherent submarine fiber, the system will ultimately carry capacity in excess of 10Tbit/s per fiber pair and is expected to be ready for completion mid of 2015
Dr Mohmoud Aujali, Chairman of LITC said: “Broadband connectivity is a major growth opportunity for the foreseeable future and the development of a robust telecommunication infrastructure is vital. With the help of Alcatel-Lucent, our newsubmarine cable system promises a significant contribution the overall developments that are being undertaken to improve standard of living for Libyans.”
Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “We are pleased to support LITC in delivering this major network transformation in support of the country’s efforts in reconstructing its telecom infrastructure. Strengthening connection with the global digital community, Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative solution will help LITC promote growth opportunities for economic, cultural and educational activities.”
The Libyan international telecommunications company (LITC) is a subsidiary of the Libyan post , telecommunications and information technology Holding company (LPTIC) , it was founded in 2009 as the main international voice and data wholesale provider in Libya , and the international arm of LPTIC where it manages the international network to accommodate the rapid increase in the local and regional demand in telecommunication services utilizing the unique position of Libya as a hub.
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