Alcatel-Lucent to power America Movil 1 with 100G

Alcatel-Lucent and América Móvil are actively constructing América Móvil 1 (“AMX-1 System”), which will be the world’s first 17,500 km submarine cable system specifically designed for 100 Gigabit per second (100G) transmission.

Planned for commercial service in late 2013, this new 17,500km system will link Latin America to the US meeting international connectivity needs and service innovation

Spanning over transoceanic distances, from the US to Central America and Brazil, the AMX-1 System will enable América Móvil to provide international connectivity to all its subsidiaries, leading towards a new era of service creation and innovation for all its customers.

The AMX-1 System will connect seven countries with eleven landing points: Miami and Jacksonville (United States), Barranquilla and Cartagena (Colombia), Fortaleza, Salvador & Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), Cancun (Mexico), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Puerto Barrios (Guatemala). Cable route and landing surveys are complete and manufacturing of cable and repeaters is well underway. Commercial operation of the network comprising the AMX-1 System is planned to start in late 2013.

The AMX-1 System design is optimized for 100G transmission, with an ultimate trunk capacity of over 50 Tb/s, which will underpin the continued growth of new applications such as corporate cloud services and delivery of premium services to América Móvil’s 256 million wireless subscribers and 62 million fixed lines, as well as enhancing its existing fixed voice, broadband and pay TV services.

América Móvil stated that the deployment of the 100G AMX-1 System will help them to increase their return on investment by maximizing the use of cable assets and minimizing the maintenance costs. Alcatel-Lucent’s unique combination of innovation and experience will enable América Móvil to achieve the highest standards of resilience and service reliability for their customers.

“100G technology is playing a fundamental role in scalability as operators are seeking to manage their bandwidth expansion to meet increasing demands for content-rich services and to address new applications such as data center interconnection needs,” said Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks.

As a leader in advanced coherent technology, Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G technology for submarine cable systems sets a new benchmark for the efficient supply of high capacity systems and seamless system upgrades added Dumont.

The AMX-1 System will integrate Alcatel-Lucent OALC-4 cable optimized with coherent submarine fiber (CSF), repeaters, branching units and the 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipped with Advanced Coherent technology and offering unique Optical Add and Drop (OADM) flexibility to increase AMX-1 System’s direct connectivity to countries in the Americas. Also, the Alcatel-Lucent 1620 LM is designed to accommodate 10G/40G/100G wavelengths in the same platform, enabling seamless capacity upgrade on flexible grid for channel spacing without traffic interruption.

Maintenance will be performed under Alcatel-Lucent’s Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement (APMA) which currently maintains over 100,000 km of critical submarine cable infrastructure in the Atlantic Ocean. As part of the services offered, Alcatel-Lucent will also launch an enhanced cable awareness program to ensure collaboration of maritime and port authorities, fishing bodies and other seabed users in protecting the cable.

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