ATLANTIC CROSSING (AC-1) CABLE SYSTEM EXPANDS INTO THE NETHERLANDS
Morristown, N.J., October 8 - Global Telesystems Limited (GTL) and Tyco Submarine Systems Ltd. (TSSL) announced today a third European landing point for Atlantic Crossing (AC-1), the world's most powerful cable system.
Additional capacity demand has resulted in a system re-configuration to include the Netherlands. AC-1 will now directly connect the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.
The landing points for AC-1 include the Brookhaven Cable Station in Shirley, New York, the Land's End Cable Station in Whitesands, United Kingdom, Deutsche Telekom's Westerland Cable Station on the island of Sylt, and the PTT Telecom cable station in the Netherlands.
"The expansion of AC-1 to include the Netherlands landing is an extremely important development as it will allow us to better satisfy the exploding demand for voice and data capacity," said GTL President David Lee.
"Our customers in both North America and Europe asked for additional direct connectivity. We responded by accelerating the expansion of our network."
"We are fully supportive of GTL's decision to expand AC-1 to the Netherlands," said TSSL President Neil Garvey. "This addition to the ring not only serves our customers' needs, but also demonstrates the increased demand for undersea cable capacity."
The AC-1 submarine cable system will span more than 14,000 kilometers. Service will be implemented in four phases. Phase One, scheduled for completion in May 1998, will connect the United States and the United Kingdom. Phase Two, scheduled for completion in November 1998, will connect the United States and Germany. Phase Three, scheduled for completion in January 1999, will connect the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Phase Four, scheduled for completion in February 1999, will connect the Netherlands and Germany, thus completing the ring.
TSSL was awarded contracts by GTL to design, build, implement, maintain, and serve as exclusive sales agent for Atlantic Crossing earlier this year. AC-1 combines state-of-the-art wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) with erbium-doped fiber amplifier technology, making it the world's most powerful cable system. AC-1, an optically amplified, self healing ring network, will initially provide 10 gigabits per second per fiber pair, for a total of 40 gigabits per second - double the capacity of present day systems.
TSSL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyco International Ltd., supplies and services undersea communications systems worldwide. TSSL operates a fleet of seven cable ships, owns cable and equipment manufacturing facilities and has installed enough undersea cable to circle the earth more than six times at the equator.
SOURCE Tyco Submarine Systems Ltd.
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