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Alcatel-Lucent upgrades cable system linking Japan and California

Transpacific Cable Gets Coherent Upgrade

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PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is carrying out a major upgrade of a 9,600km trans-Pacific digital submarine cable system using advanced coherent technology. The cable, owned by 5 major carriers, provides direct connectivity from the Japanese east coast to California. The upgrade will deliver multi-terabit capability to cope with the explosion of data traffic driven by ownership of smartphones and tablets, as well as the increase in video applications and the shift of enterprise activities to the cloud. The first phase of the upgrade will increase the system capacity by 1 Terabit/s. Recent research by TeleGeography suggests that the amount of trans-Pacific used capacity will increase at a compound annual rate of 36 percent between now and 2018. With the system originally designed for an ultimate capacity of 960 Gigabits-per-second (Gbit/s) per fiber pair, the upgrade will quadruple its original design capacity by use of Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced coherent technology, delivering an ultimate capacity of up to 4 Terabits per second (Tbit/s) per fiber pair which is equivalent to approximately 500,000 HDTV channels simultaneously broadcasting a live major sporting event. Alcatel-Lucent

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