- Alcatel-Lucent to link Seychelles to global fibre networks

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a contract worth more than USD30 million with Seychelles Cable System (SCS) to build the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) linking Victoria in the Seychelles to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The new submarine cable will provide the Seychelles with high speed direct access to an international fibre-optic backbone for the first time. The SEAS will span over 1,900km offering international connectivity in support of affordable internet access and new broadband applications for commerce and government services.

‘This new connection will provide faster internet and improved access to telecommunications, providing a cost-effective reliable solution that will give us an alternative to satellite connections, which we are almost completely dependent on now,’ said Benjamin Choppy, Principal Secretary, Department of ICT in the Vice-President’s Office of the Seychelles. The CEOs of the two telecoms operators participating in SCS, Charles Hammond (Cable & Wireless Seychelles) and Tsiresy Randriamampionona (Airtel Seychelles) added that: ‘The scalability of Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine solution and its extensive end-to-end expertise will help us meet our growing bandwidth needs as well as improve the quality of service we offer our customers on both fixed and mobile networks.’ The island nation’s government is the third investor in SCS.

- Globecomm wins wireless managed services contract in Freetown

Satellite-based managed network solutions provider Globecomm Systems has announced it has been awarded a contract to supply wireless managed services in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. The company will provide CDMA-450 switching facilities for voice and data services to wireless operator subscribers and interconnected partners in the country. The architecture will enable the CDMA-450 network to be connected via satellite to Globecomm's hosted mobile switching controller and value added services (VAS) in New York. With full redundancy for all major components, the hosted switch platform provides an all IP-based soft-switch architecture with a forward path to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. In addition, the network incorporates a WiMAX network for additional connectivity throughout the city.