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Alcatel Submarine Networks to deploy an unrepeated cable to connect Tokelau



Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has been awarded a new system in the South Pacific Ocean that will connect the three Tokelau atolls of Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo.

This unrepeated (OALC5) 250km-long open cable based on 2 fiber pairs and built by ASN, will provide a connection to the archipelago up to 20Tb/s.

This new subsea cable will be interconnected with the Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable, also built and deployed by ASN.

Currently using satellite to connect to the global network, Tokelau’s three atolls will be connected by subsea cable to Australia, New Zealand, the West Coast of the USA, Fiji and Kiribati, providing a great boost to international connectivity and bringing for the first time, high speed telecommunications capacity to Tokelau.

This new subsea cable will allow the Tokelau population to access all the services enabled by high-bandwidth communications and bring them into the worldwide digital community.

The Tokelau Cable is co-funded by the Government of New Zealand and the Government of Tokelau, and the cable will be managed by Teletok on behalf of the two government partners. The system will be ready at the beginning of 2021.

About 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 a 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 fully owned fleet of cable ships.

Alcatel Submarine Networks media contact Guillaume FAUSTEN communications@asn.com

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