Alcatel-Lucent completes SAT-3/WASC upgrade

Alcatel-Lucent have completed the fourth upgrade of the SAT-3/WASC undersea cable system, which went live during the first half of 2014.

This latest upgrade has doubled the current system capacity, further positioning SAT-3/WASC as a leading submarine cable facility on the Sub-Saharan African coastline.

Operating at 40 Gbps and with full in-system protection, the system offers one of the lowest latency routes from Africa to Europe with connectivity between Europe, West Coast of Africa and Southern Africa with landings in South Africa, Angola, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Spain and Portugal.

The SAT-3/WASC cable system was upgraded from 420 Gbps to 920 Gbps in the northern segments, north of Ghana, and from 340 Gbps to 800 Gbps in the southern segments. Overall, this fourth upgrade enables a sevenfold increase in SAT-3/WASC’s original design capacity through the use of Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced coherent technology.

Furthermore, SAFE provides the shortest route and therefore lowest latency between Southern Africa and Asia with connectivity via South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion, India and Malaysia. With sixteen landing points spread between Europe, Africa and Asia, the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE cables provide access to global markets and footprint, offering to customers seamless and diverse connectivity to the rest of the world.

Johan Meyer, chairman, SAT-3/WASC/SAFE consortium said, “The additional capacity available with the fourth  upgrade will contribute significantly in meeting the ongoing demand in the markets served by SAT3/WASC/SAFE.”

Philippe Dumont, president, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said, “This upgrade allows quicker service turn-up to meet customers’ expectations for anywhere, anytime access to broadband applications, storage and computing.”

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