Alcatel-Lucent’s Submarine Cable Connects Iceland and Greenland

The Alcatel-Lucent cable ship ‘Ile de Sein’ landed in Nuuk, the 2,100 km section (or trunk cable) of Tele Greenland’s submarine cable network. After completing the cable loading in Calais (France) in July, the ‘Ile de Sein’ began laying segments 1 and 2 in early August from Landeyjasandur in Iceland to Qaqortoq in Greenland.


Following a route assessed with survey instruments mapping the seabed, these segments are three of the four sections composing the 90 million Euro project “Greenland Connect” awarded to Alcatel-Lucent in December 2007. The laying completion will be achieved before the winter season as planned.

Offering an ultimate capacity of up to 96x10Gbit/s, the Greenland Connect submarine cable network has been designed to provide international and domestic connectivity to meet the growing bandwidth requirements for new applications to serve Tele Greenland’s customers. This deployment further enhances Tele Greenland’s end-to-end offering for voice and data network hubs, broadband Internet, video conferencing, call centers and advanced multimedia applications.

“We have addressed the increased connectivity requirements, while guaranteeing performance continuity at the highest level possible. The Greenland Connect cable exemplifies our vision ‘Greenland in the Center of the World’ to provide Greenland with a place on the worldwide Internet network, and direct access to American and European markets” said CEO Brian Buus Pedersen, Tele Greenland. “Alcatel-Lucent has fully met our expectations and their submarine solutions are strategic to us to provide the technology platform and reliability our customers require to access cost-effective, innovative IT-services and, also, new opportunities with great potential in Greenland such as e-trade, e-education, e-health, e-citizen and e-home.”

“The severe weather conditions of Greenland and the North Atlantic Ocean were key challenges in defining the deployment plan for this project,” affirmed Etienne Lafougère, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine network activity. “This achievement is based on our ability to manage the simplest to the most complex turnkey project and to deliver on time.”

Alcatel-Lucent has deployed its 1620 Light Manager (LM), its cables – equipped with branching units allowing for future connections north of Nuuk – and repeaters along the network route.