Press Release

14,200 km submarine cable system in Pacific will enhance international connectivity between Hawaii and South America and on into the Asia-Pacific region

Paris, May 05, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), and Ocean Networks, Inc.,  a developer of submarine cable systems for governments, carriers, content providers and research and education groups, will build a 14,200 km submarine cable system linking Hawaii to South America.

The South America Pacific Link (SAPL) system will connect Oahu in Hawaii, Balboa in Panama and Santiago in Chile, providing additional capacity to meet the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth-hungry ultra-broadband access services around the Pacific Rim, as well as enhance the role of digital connectivity in regional economic development.

Thanks to its point of presence in Hawaii – a hub for many transpacific submarine cable systems – SAPL will also provide a diverse route to the US West Coast and a low latency route from Central and South America to the Asia-Pacific region, in particular to Australia and New Zealand. The 100 Gbit/s SAPL system will have a capacity of 10 terabits-per-second on each of its three fiber pairs.

The system is also designed for further connectivity via branching units to Manta in Ecuador, Lima in Peru, Arica in Chile and the big island of Hawaii.

Scott J. Schwertfager, CEO at Ocean Networks, said: “This project is very significant as the SAPL system will fulfill a long-standing need of the markets of Central and South America for connectivity to the Asia Pacific region by interconnecting with existing and planned submarine cable systems. The collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent and the deployment of their leading-edge subsea cable system technology will enable us to foster cost-effective high-speed broadband connectivity in the region.”

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “We are pleased to be supporting Ocean Networks in the expansion of services and applications enabled by high-bandwidth networks, which are a catalyst for economic and social progress. Connecting to the Hawaii hub will boost access to the worldwide infrastructure, opening up traffic diversity to increase access and service reliability as demand from consumers and businesses alike grows rapidly.”

ABOUT OCEAN NETWORKS  Ocean Networks, Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) and develops submarine cable systems for governments, carriers, content providers and research & education groups. In addition, the company provides personnel and services to support the submarine cable industry.

For more information on Ocean Networks and the SAPL System, please visit




FRANK DI MARIA, SVP, Business Development

About Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed based with more than 575,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new Oil & Gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer’s needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.



Alcatel-Lucent is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network.

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