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Pirelli to Link Kuwait, Iran

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MILAN -- Emirates Telecommunications & Marine Services FZE (e-marine) in the United Arab Emirates has awarded Pirelli the contract for supplying submarine and land fiber optic cables, terminal transmission equipment and accessories for a prestigious project which will link Kuwait City with Ganeveh in the Iran. The new cable system will enable the transmission of voice, data and multimedia broadband services.

The project is for Pirelli the first fiber-optic link in the region and is expected to strongly support economic development of the region through the diffusion of connectivity and telecommunication services.

The contract foresees the manufacturing and laying of a 350 kilometers long fiber-optic submarine system – plus a 50 kilometers long terrestrial system - capable with an ultimate transmission capacity of 10 Gigabit/second on 4 channels, equivalent to more than 160 thousand simultaneous phone calls.

“This link shall prove to be an important milestone and pave the way for tremendous growth of telecommunication in the region”, Mauro Sacchetto, Managing Director of Pirelli Submarine Telecom Systems commented. “Pirelli won a tough contest prevailing over many major technology suppliers worldwide”.

Ministry of Communications of Kuwait and Telecommunication Company of Iran are the work owners. Pirelli will incorporate the most advanced DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) submarine optical transmission technology. The initially equipped capacity of the unrepeatered link – which will use Pirelli cables with G654 fibers – will be 2.5 Gigabit/second, upgradable in accordance with future traffic requirements.

The link will be completed by second quarter 2004 and foresees also three branches to Failakah (Kuwait) and Kharg (Iran) islands and to an Iranian offshore oil platform. Pirelli will supply three branching units, sophisticated optical equipment that allow for data transmission on this kind of systems.

Optical cable will be manufactured by Pirelli at its Italian facility in Arco Felice (Neaples), the excellence center of the Group for these applications, while equipment will be manufactured in Paderno Dugnano (Milan).

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