Telefónica Extends Maintenance Contract with Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and TE Connectivity SubCom
Extension of Service Agreement Ensures Rapid Response Time for Maintenance on South America-1 Undersea Cable
Paris, France, Eatontown, N.J., USA and Madrid, Spain – May 25, 2016 – Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), now part of Nokia, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, together with Telefónica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications operators, announced today that they have renewed the marine maintenance service agreement for Telefónica’s domestic and South America-1 (SAM-1) submarine cable systems. The five-year extension will take effect on January 1, 2017.
Under the Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement (APMA), ASN and TE SubCom will continue to make available three dedicated maintenance vessels in the Western Atlantic (Curaçao) and Eastern Atlantic (Cape Verde and Calais), as well as experienced, fully trained and certified personnel for cable repairs on Telefónica’s domestic and SAM-1 cable systems, totaling more than 27,000 km. The SAM-1 cable systems provide high bandwidth connectivity between the U.S. and Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru, with Telefónica’s domestic network providing service between Spain’s mainland and the Canary Islands.
“Telefónica is committed to providing best-in-class services to its customers by partnering with trusted companies for the provisioning of the fastest and best quality service and solutions,” said Telefónica Communications Department. “The high quality marine maintenance services demonstrated since 2012 by TE SubCom and ASN made it easy for our organization to decide to renew the APMA service agreement for another five years.”
“ASN strives to help operators maintain their networks at the highest standards of service reliability,” said Philippe Piron, president of ASN. “The contract extension with Telefónica strengthens our position as a marine service provider, offering a wide range of installation, maintenance, and related services. We are delighted to continue to provide Telefónica with a unique solution to meet their specific needs in the years to come.”
“The APMA renewal with Telefónica further confirms TE SubCom’s role as a leading provider of flexible system maintenance services,” said Aaron Stucki, president, TE SubCom. “We are pleased to continue our longtime collaboration with Telefónica and help maintain their networks using TE SubCom’s state of the art marine assets, extensive technology portfolio, maintenance experience and familiarity with the system.”
About Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks
Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), now part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 580,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new oil and gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer’s needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by market capitalization and number of customers with a comprehensive offering and quality of connectivity that is delivered over world class fixed, mobile and broadband networks. As a growing company it prides itself on providing a differential experience based both on its corporate values and a public position that defends customer interests. The company has a significant presence in 21 countries and over 322 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy. Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4,975,199,197 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires.
About TE SubCom
TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. As a vertically integrated supplier, SubCom designs, manufactures, deploys, and maintains the industry’s most reliable fiber optic cable systems. Its solutions include long-haul and regional systems, repeaterless networks, capacity upgrades, offshore oil and gas, and scientific research applications. SubCom brings end-to-end network knowledge and global experience to support on-time delivery and the needs of customers worldwide. To date, the company has deployed more than 100 cable systems and enough subsea communication cable to circle the Earth 15 times at the equator. For more information, visit www.SubCom.com.
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $12 billion global technology leader. Our commitment to innovation enables advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. TE’s unmatched breadth of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest of environments, helps build a safer, greener, smarter and more connected world. With 75,000 people – including more than 7,000 engineers – working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, we help ensure that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS – www.TE.com