AAE-1 Consortium Selects TE SubCom to Deploy Upgrade to AAE-1 Cable System
Upgrade of Unique Next-Generation System to Utilize Most Advanced Optical Transmission Equipment
EATONTOWN, N.J., March 7, 2016 – TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, and the consortium behind the Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable system, announced today that the deployment of a large-scale wavelength equipage to the system is currently underway. The equipage will utilize TE SubCom’s most advanced 100 Gbps optical transmission equipment available, representing a major leap forward in undersea capacity.
AAE-1 is a 25,000 km system owned by a consortium of 19 global service providers that will connect Southeast Asia to Europe across Egypt, connecting Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France. Project implementation is progressing at full speed with the wet system manufacture complete, initial dry plant equipment installation and site acceptance testing complete at over half of the landings, and the commencement of marine installation with four main lay cable ships and numerous support vessels presently working, for a scheduled Ready for Service by end of 2016.
“As the project supplier, we are honored to be part of AAE-1’s continuing expansion,” said Aaron Stucki, president, TE SubCom. “Our company’s extensive technology portfolio, installation experience and familiarity with the system makes us an ideal partner to deliver a seamless upgrade to meet the forecasted capacity demand across the regions.”
“AAE-1 is among the largest, most complex systems ever constructed and TE SubCom’s portion includes 12 branching units, 16 landings, and over 19,000 km of cable,” said Joseph Chan and Ellen Pan, co-chairpersons of the AAE-1 Management Committee. “The scope and experience of TE SubCom’s R&D, manufacturing and installation resources are critical to implementing a project of this size and complexity. AAE-1 is 70 percent complete and we are confident that TE SubCom will complete the project as planned.”
This additional equipage of AAE-1 will utilize TE SubCom’s C100U+ technology, which has the potential of improving the spectral efficiency in the fibers. This is the first capacity upgrade of the system and it is expected to be delivered when the system achieves ready for provisional acceptance (RFPA).
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 Ltd. is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS.