Alcatel-Lucent completes PCCS route
Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) – the subsea cable subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent – has completed commissioning of the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS).
The PCCS is a 6,000km subsea cable linking Florida, US, to Ecuador and has now entered into commercial service.
Owned by a consortium of telcos including Cable & Wireless Communications, Telefonica Global Solutions, United Telecommunication Services (UTS), Telconet and Setar, the cable is designed to boost connectivity and broadband access across the Caribbean and Central and South America.
“We are pleased to have supported the PCCS operators in delivering this key connectivity and bandwidth artery in the Caribbean, Central and South America,” said Phillippe Dumont, president of ASN.
“This project highlights ASN’s capability as a trusted partner in undersea communications to address the exponential growth in data traffic driven by broadband applications.”
As well as Florida and Ecuador, the PCCS connects Tortola, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Curacao, Colombia and Panama.
“The commercial services of the PCCS system is a significant milestone in the evolution of the communications infrastructure in the CALA region,” said Carlos Pazmino, chairman of the PCCS general committee.
“Delivering faster speeds and higher capacity than currently available, PCCS is also a critical leverage for people to benefit from sustainable social and economic growth.”