By WFN Strategies

WFN Strategies has recently announced the contract award by Angola Telecom for the development and operation of a Remote Network Operations Center (rNOC) for the ADONES submarine cable system.

WFN Strategies is working with Angola Telecom to put in place a parallel monitoring and operations capability to support and train in-country personnel through backup monitoring using subject matter experts. WFN Strategies will assist Angola Telecom with establishing operating procedures, troubleshooting of faults and dispatching terrestrial and marine restoration assets.

WFN Strategies will monitor the ADONES system remotely in the United States, in conjunction with monitoring performed by Angola Telecom, using a supervisory system connected by dedicated, high-speed digital circuits between the Cacuaco cable station in Angola and WFN Strategies’ facilities in Sterling, Virginia. The ADONES system will be monitored 24 hours per day, 7 days per week 365 days per year (24/7/365).

“The ADONES system is Angola’s first major domestic undersea system and the first for which they have primary maintenance responsibility,” said Guy Arnos, Director of Projects for WFN Strategies. “With WFN Strategies subject matter experts working side by side with Angola Telecom staff, our goal is to make sure the system is well maintained while expertise is transferred to the Angola Telecom technicians as they gain experience.”

ADONES consists of 1,800 kilometers of fiber-optic submarine cable, providing a backbone network for mobile traffic as well as broadband services covering the majority of Angola's population.  The network complements existing satellite and terrestrial networks, and the new nationwide terrestrial fiber network which ties into all of the landing stations.  Ericsson was previously awarded the system provision, consisting of the installation of a tailor-made, steel-wire-armored fiber-optic cable along Angola's entire coastline, as well as DWDM terminal equipment.  ADONES will make reliable telecommunications services available to about 70 percent of Angolans, most of whom live in cities, such as the capital Luanda, that are close to the sea.

WFN Strategies (www.wfnstrategies.com) provides telecoms engineering solutions for remote and unique communication requirements. With ongoing projects in Antarctica, Asia Pacific, Colorado, North Sea and West Africa, WFN Strategies accomplishes telecoms engineering involving submarine and terrestrial optical cable, microwave, mobile, broadband wireless/WiMAX/WiFi, satellite and other RF technologies for commercial, oil & gas and government clients. WFN Strategies provides system strategy, acquisition and implementation support for all aspects of telecoms services, including developing the standards for system design, the tender process, contract forming, construction, physical deployment and maintenance.  WFN Strategies has been selected by the submarine telecommunications industry association, SubOptic, to act as Media Partner in support of its upcoming conference in Yokohama in 2010, and publishes Submarine Telecoms Forum (www.subtelforum.com), the industry's first electronic, dedicated magazine and RSS Feed, and the platform for discourse on submarine telecom cable and network operations.