OPT-NC to Deploy Its Second Submarine Cable and Secure All International and Domestic Communications of New Caledonia

OPT-NC has selected the proposal of Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build and deploy its second submarine cable in New Caledonia.ASN Press Release
June 16, 2020

Paris, France – OPT-NC (Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie) has selected the proposal of Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build and deploy its second submarine cable. For this project, ASN will partner with Orange Marine and Axians.

Orange Marine will be responsible for the deep-sea survey and submarine cable installation, which will secure the connectivity of all New Caledonians and provide quality connectivity to the inhabitants of the Loyalty Islands and the Isle of Pines via a fibre optic link.

Axians will be in charge of environmental studies, shallow water surveys, shore-end to the 8 landing stations, as well as civil works for all stations along with land cable pulling.

This new system, which will complement the existing Gondwana cable between Noumea and Sydney, is designed to avoid any service interruption or Internet disruption by securing all New Caledonia's communications, both international and domestic, and to enable the two islands of Loyalty Islands and Isle of Pines to have access to very high speed broadband.

For this new system, the design proposed by ASN ensures perfect resilience in case of an outage, thanks to the route diversity brought by the international connection, as well as the greater reliability provided by a new domestic loop.

The international part of the system will be deployed between New Caledonia and Fiji, bringing the territory closer to its South Pacific neighbours and enabling New Caledonia to play an important role in the region's digital development.

While preserving its sovereignty and independence through the exclusive use of this new submarine cable, the connection to Fiji will enable New Caledonia’s integration into a meshed regional network with direct access to all the countries in the region: Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Wallis & Futuna, the United States (Hawaii) and Australia (Sydney).

Thanks to the Picot-2 cable, the domestic segment will link the South of Grande Terre to the Isle of Pines, Yaté, Maré and Lifou, and will provide redundant connections around Noumea, creating a reliable and secure communications loop for the entire territory.

After having deployed almost all submarine systems in the region, and building on this extensive experience in the South Pacific, ASN will also be supported by the expertise of its two partners, Orange Marine and Axians, to carry out this new project, which is scheduled to be in service in early 2022.

About d’Alcatel Submarine Networks

Alcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of transmission capacity and installed base with more than 650,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide, enough to circumnavigate the globe 15 times. From traditional Telecom applications to Content and “Over The Top” Service Provider infrastructures, as well as to offshore Oil and Gas applications, ASN provides all elements of turnkey global undersea transmission systems, tailored to individual customer’s needs. An extensive Services portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning, along with marine and maintenance operations performed by ASN’s wholly owned fleet of cable ships.

Alcatel Submarine Networks – media contact
Guillaume FAUSTEN
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About Orange Marine

Operating since 1860, the cable ship branch of the French Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications became a wholly- owned subsidiary of the Orange Group in 1999. In 2010, Orange acquired Elettra, a Telecom Italia subsidiary operating in the same activity.

Orange Marine is specialized in works related to submarine cables, from the study, engineering phase and surveys, to the installation of regional or intercontinental connections and the maintenance of existing cables.

Orange Marine operates 6 cable ships and 1 survey ship. The company also manufactures and operates underwater vehicles (ROVs and ploughs).

Twitter: @OrangeMarine_
LinkedIn: Orange Marine

About Axians

Axians Service Infras in New Caledonia is part of the Energy Segment (Vinci Energie) of the Vinci Group. The company was created on April 28, 2015, in Noumea, for the FTTH deployment tender in New Caledonia. Axians New Caledonia is a legal entity of Fibrelec.

Part of Vinci Energie division, the company is integrated in a unified management division, the Telecom Infrastructure division with the Axians brand.

Axians – media contact
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About OPT-NC

The Office des Postes et Télécommunications of Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC) is a public contributor in planning and economic development, carrying out public service missions and endowed with an entrepreneurial spirit to serve of New Caledonians.

A Public Establishment of Industrial and Commercial nature (EPIC) since 1958, OPT-NC was transferred to New Caledonia in 2003. OPT-NC ensures, within a regulatory context dependent on the State (Monetary and Financial Code), the provision of financial services and, on behalf of New Caledonia, the offer and supply of public and complementary telecommunications and postal services governed by the New Caledonian Post and Telecommunications Code.

OPT-NC – media contact
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Twitter: @OPT-NC_
LinkedIn: OPT Nouvelle-Calédonie