Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade 22,000 km Brasil Telecom GlobeNet network

Brasil Telecom GlobeNet has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its 22,000 km submarine network running across the Americas...

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Brasil Telecom GlobeNet has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its 22,000 km submarine network running across the Americas.

A private ceremony was held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA , at SubOptic 2007, in the presence of representatives of Brasil Telecom GlobeNet and Alcatel-Lucent.  

Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade the submarine section, along with the respective landing points, linking Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza ), Venezuela (Maiquetía), Bermuda (St David's), and USA ( Boca Raton, Florida and Tuckerton, New Jersey ). In Rio de Janeiro , the submarine network integrates with the terrestrial optical infrastructure of GlobeNet's parent company, Brasil Telecom. When completed in the first quarter of 2008, the project will almost double the existing capacity over the entire network.

GlobeNet's businesses and consumers will benefit from enhanced connectivity and reliability to access new applications and services. Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's submarine technology, GlobeNet will be able to further expand its wholesale service offering to deliver from broadband, Carrier Ethernet, fixed and mobile IP-based, legacy voice services to enterprise applications such as hosting, video conferencing and international private line services. The contract reflects GlobeNet's need to focus on enhanced network capacity and availability for maximum effectiveness to best serve its customers. In addition, GlobeNet requires more bandwidth to support the new breed of emerging services, while keeping its network easy to manage.

The Alcatel-Lucent submarine solution will be based on its 1620 Light Manager, managed by the upgraded Alcatel-Lucent 1350 management suite. A comprehensive suite of professional services, including manufacturing, installation and commissioning, is part of this turnkey project. 

* GlobeNet is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brasil Telecom. Its fibre-optic submarine cable system links the Americas by way of a dual-ring, SDH self-healing architecture, spanning 22,000 kilometres. The network system is managed through its own redundant Network Operations Centres located in the USA and Brazil.

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