Alca-Lu tech for Tunisian subsea cable

Alcatel-Lucent technology will be deployed in Tunisia’s first private submarine cable, when it is commissioned next year.
The vendor’s submarine technology is being deployed on a 100G, 170-km subsea cable named Didon, which will connect the country to Europe via a landing point in Italy. European fiber operator Interoute, and mobile operators Tunisiana and Orange Tunisia, are set to commission the link in April 2014 as part of a partnership announced yesterday.
Interoute chief executive, Gareth Williams, says the link will strengthen Tunisia’s ICT sector, and “create new opportunities for commerce.”
His view is echoed by Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks. “Good broadband communication infrastructure can energize economic growth, opening up new opportunities and increasing the reliability for e-commerce and e-government applications. The deployment of this new network will give a further boost to capacity and traffic protection in the Mediterranean hub.”