Alcatel-Lucent and Main One extend undersea cable maintenance contract

mainonecableMain One's undersea cable, which is more than 7,000km in length, has the capacity to enhance overall African and international connectivity. (Image source: Main One)Alcatel-Lucent and Main One Cable Company Limited have renewed their marine maintenance contract for Main One’s submarine cable system, which connects Portugal to Nigeria

The cable, which is more than 7,000km in length, has the capacity to enhance overall African and international connectivity and deliver a bandwidth speed of 1.92 Tbit/s.

As part of the renewed contract, as well as being a member of the Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement (APMA), Main One will continue to manage its network while Alcatel-Lucent will make available its maintenance vessels along with certified specialist personnel for cable repairs.

Main One chief commercial officer, Bernard Logan, said, “To ensure network availability for quality of communications that our customers demand, we rely on technical support including state-of-the-art cable ships capable of delivering rapid response repair services in any weather condition.

“Alcatel-Lucent’s capability and experience in all aspects of marine operations and maintenance assures and enhances the reliability of our network.”

Alcatel-Lucent submarine network activity head, Philippe Dumont, commented, “This contract renewal further confirms Alcatel-Lucent’s leading role as marine service provider to help operators maintain their networks at the highest standards of service reliability for maximum end-user confidence.

“Combined with the recent redistribution of our maintenance vessels in the Atlantic, our Cape Verde-based cable ship will offer the shortest possible mobilisation time for any repair operations off West Africa.”

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