Alcatel-Lucent and BezeqÂ International, Israel's leading Internet and international telecoms provider, have teamed up toÂ roll-out a new high-speed submarine cable system linking Tel Aviv, Israel, to Italy and then toÂ Europe via land route. The system which will span 2,297km, is the first fully-owned by an IsraeliÂ operator to land in Israel and will further strengthen the hub role of the area.
The fixed and mobile broadband penetration in Israel is growing at a fast pace with the numberÂ of Internet users expected to reach more than 5 million by the end of this year. With over oneÂ and a half million high-speed ADSL and cable lines, the Israeli telecom operator is taking a newÂ significant step in the development of its communication infrastructure. The new system willÂ enable Bezeq International to better serve its customers, while reducing the capitalÂ expenditures deriving from leasing capacity.
â€œThe Israeli telecom market is highly dynamic with one the highest household broadband andÂ mobile penetration rates that are leading to network convergence as more technologicallyÂ diverse services are becoming available,â€ Isaac Benbenisti, Chief Executive Officer of BezeqÂ International. â€œAlcatel-Lucentâ€™s advanced technology will enable us to offer access to hugeÂ bandwidth at more affordable rates, while empowering our ability to deliver new applicationsÂ for our customer and benefit from growth in wholesale market.â€
â€œThe availability of more capacity will boost connectivity to support the move to high-speedÂ broadband, while ensuring low-latency and increasing flexibility to serve the diversifiedÂ requirement of businesses and consumers,â€ said Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-LucentÂ Submarine Networks SAS. â€œThis project further confirms Alcatel-Lucentâ€™s commitment to equipÂ its customers with the most innovative technology options which have proven to be successfulÂ for both new deployments and smooth network upgrades.â€