Alcatel-Lucent to develop Angola offshore optic cable

offshore angola QR9iudjz0 sxc.huAngola’s offshore oil and gas facilities will benefit from very large data bandwidth with high reliability. (Image source: QR9iudjz0/ 1,900 km Sonangol Offshore Optical Cable (SOOC) will be developed by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, has been awarded the contract for developing SOOC. It is an important infrastructure project that is expected to significantly reduce the cost-per-bit associated with the delivery of data traffic to Angola, including its offshore oil and gas production platforms.

Spreading over 1,900 km, the SOOC undersea network will connect to landing points at four locations along the Angolan coast. The country’s oil and gas sector is set to benefit from very large offshore data bandwidth with high availability, high reliability and low latency.

Yohann Bénard, general manager for oil and gas at Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said, “After connecting Angola to the global network through several undersea cables, ASN is pleased to further contribute to the development of the Angolan fibre optical infrastructure. This award is a prime illustration that submarine fibre optic technology is becoming the standard telecommunication medium for offshore assets. It further demonstrates our leadership in the platform connectivity market, which is one of the priorities of ASN’s industrial plan to diversify into the oil and gas sector.”

SOOC will help improve operational efficiency and optimise operational costs and will also bring significant benefits to the larger Angolan economy. As a high-speed connection between the Luanda area and Cabinda, it will help fulfil needs of the national telecommunications industry.

The development phase is under way and construction work is scheduled to start in second half of 2016.

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