Alcatel-Lucent, Telefonica upgrade Canary Islands cables


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 25 August 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and Telefónica are improving connectivity between the Spanish mainland and Gran Canarias and Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, by upgrading the PENCAN-7 and PENCAN-8 undersea cable systems.

The 100Gbit/s upgrade will offer a more than ten-fold increase of the current system capacity to meet the growing demand for broadband-related services like over-the-top (OTT) video and connectivity.

The PENCAN-7 and PENCAN-8 systems, which are both 1,400km in length, are part of the Telefonica PENCAN network which links the Iberian Peninsula with the islands. The network, which comprises four geographically diversified, fibre optics submarine cables, enables Telefonica to provide any kind of ultra-broadband robust services between Canary Islands and the rest of the Spain.

"PENCAN Submarine Cable Systems have a proven track record of operational excellence based on optimum network performance and further scalability via seamless upgrades," said Maria Jesus Almazor, regional director for Southern Spain at Telefónica. "The additional capacity available with ASN's advanced technology will contribute significantly in meeting the ongoing demand in the markets served by these Systems."

The agreement between Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica is a step forward in the international partnership between both companies.
"We are pleased to support Telefónica in their expansion of connectivity between the Spanish mainland and the Canary Islands, enabling the expansion of capacity to boost broadband traffic," added Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks. "ASN's unique submarine technology provides operators like Telefónica with an easy upgrade path and scalability to multi-terabit capacity, with staged migration combining technological and economic benefits".