Paris, May 10, 2011 – Alcatel-Lucent announce today that it has signed with Australia-Singapore Cable International Limited (ASC International) a contract of several million US dollars on a turnkey basis, to build a 4,800km multi-terabit submarine cable system with an option for 100 Gigabit per second (100Gbps). The Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC) system will link Perth, Australia, to Singapore, providing the first open access high-speed connection from Western Australia to South East Asia.


Commercial operation of the ASC network is planned to start in 2013. It will enhance the reach and capacity of ASC International’s service offering to meet its customers’ bandwidth demands for high-performance data networking services, while supporting traffic growth driven by smartphones and cloud computing applications. Providing around 8 times more capacity than similar regional routes, this new submarine cable system will fill the much needed gap in the market place connecting Australia to Asia.

The ASC system design has an ultimate capacity of at least 6 Tbit/s and potentially over 16 Tbit/s with the 100G option. From Perth, traffic will be transported across terrestrial infrastructure, to provide competitive wholesale backbone services in Australia. ASC International will potentially deliver the first end-to-end submarine and terrestrial infrastructure capable of supporting 100G speeds with end-to-end services from Singapore to Sydney.

“Today, 40G is increasingly a key requirement to manage traffic growth and meet multi-terabit capacity demands. 100G technology for submarine links is the next step to meet future bandwidth demand and match high-sped interconnection requirements with terrestrial networks,” said Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks SAS. “As a leader in advanced coherent technology, Alcatel-Lucent is committed to help ASC International enhance its existing infrastructure by providing a significant communication link in the Indian Ocean.”

Delivered on a turnkey basis, the ASC system will integrate Alcatel-Lucent cable, repeaters, branching units, power feeding equipment and the 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal initially equipped with advanced coherent 40G technology. Also, the Alcatel-Lucent 1620 LM is designed to accommodate 40G and 100G wavelengths in the same platform, enabling seamless capacity upgrade without traffic interruption.

This ASC project further strengthens the Alcatel-Lucent position in Australia, which builds on several terrestrial and submarine projects rolled out with major operators,