By Apollo

Apollo is pleased to announce the award of a supply contract to Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade Apollo North and Apollo South Transatlantic systems. This upgrade will increase Apollo’s equipped capacity by more than 400Gbit/s and is incremental to the upgrade of 1Tbit/s on Apollo South in 2008.

This addition of SDH and LAN PHY capable channels allows Apollo to support customer growth into 2010.

Initially constructed with a design capacity of 6.4Tbit/s, currently installed technologies allow Apollo to be upgraded to in excess of 10 Tbit/s.

Richard Elliott, managing director of Apollo said ‘ During the last year trans atlantic capacity demand has remained strong throughout the economic down turn. It remains Apollo’s goal to support this growth and to continue to develop the scale and capability of our product to maintain our position as a leading provider of international network.”

About Apollo

Apollo-SCS Ltd is a UK based company which owns, operates and markets the Apollo Submarine Cable System. The Apollo submarine cable system is the most modern, fibre optic network running from UK to US and France to US offering City to City LAN PHY services. The Apollo system is flexible, with high resilience and reliability, and an ultimate capacity in excess of 10Tbit/s. Designed and implemented as two diverse transatlantic legs, Apollo provides direct connectivity between the US and France and the UK and the US.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: