By Telecom Egypt

Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s primary telecommunications services provider, and Alcatel-Lucent, have announced that the TE- NORTH Cable System, provisioned with 40 Gigabit per second (40G) wavelengths across the Mediterranean, is in service. TE- NORTH is the first Mediterranean cable network to provide commercial service using this newest 40G technology. The 3600km system connects Abu Talat, Egypt, to Marseille, France, with a branch to Pentaskhinos, Cyprus and also includes other branching units for further expansions in the Mediterranean basin. The introduction of this advanced technology, essentially doubles the original design capacity of the system from 10 Terabits per second to over 20 Terabits per second (T b/s), equivalent to the transfer of over 32,000 HD movies in 60 seconds.

TE-NORTH’s expanded design capacity enables Telecom Egypt to meet the growing demand of their customers and the region on this important inter national telecommunications route. By boosting connectivity across the Mediterranean basin, the 40G technology enhances Telecom Egypt’s ability to serve global operators whose international services transit Egypt and rely on Egypt to hub the services in the Middle East, Asia and Africa region.

“Telecom Egypt is very proud to take on the responsibility of serving the International telecommunications infrastructure along the Asia and Africa to Europe route with innovative proven technological advances” said Telecom Egypt’s CEO Mohamed Abdelrehim. “T E-NORT H, with its recent 40G upgrades across the Mediterranean, will enhance the Egyptian user experience as more and more Egyptians celebrate their freedom and humanity online. ” “International customers and international infrastructure contribute to TE’s top and bottom line and capture the attention of our investors towards the compelling geography of Egypt and the role of Telecom Egypt.”

“Western peering points meet newer Eastern peering points in Egypt. TE- NORT H upgrade presents an enhanced cost point, sheer capacity levels and more resilience which presents the IP cloud with another reason for Egypt being a natural centre for global IP peering and transit” said Mohamed Elnawawy SVP at Telecom Egypt.

“Mixing our advanced 40G coherent technology with existing 10G channels enables operators like Telecom Egypt to best serve their customers and the end-users in the region with adequate speed and bandwidth to experience broadband multimedia services such as vide o with the highest quality, ”said Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel- Lucent Submarine Networks SAS. “With our unique mix of expertise and features including our flexible system design and highly scalable submarine line terminal equipment, we are confident that 40G upgrades can directly support Telecom Egypt’s business.”

To implement the upgrade, the Alcatel- Lucent used the la test 1620 Light Manager product, previously deployed as part of the original USD 125million contract, and which was subsequently upgraded to 40G. To demonstrate the upgradability of the T E-NORTH system, a field trial was conducted on the system in 2010 with 64x40G channel capability per fiber pair, using a proprietary modulation format coupled with next- generation coherent detection which mitigated the transmission impairments in a cost-effective and automated manner.