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Pirelli to link Iran and Kuwait

  • Pirelli To Supply 400 Kilometers Of High-Tech Submarine
    Fiber Optic Cable To Link Kuwaitand Iran
  • Submarine Cable Will Be Manufactured At Arco Felice
    (Neaples) Plant; Optical Equipment At Paderno Dugnano
    (Milan)

Milan , 25 September 2003 – Emirates Telecommunications
& Marine Services FZE (e-marine) in the United Arab Emirates
has awarded Pirelli the contract for supplying submarine
and land fiber optic cables
, terminal transmission
equipment and accessories for a prestigious project which will link
Kuwait City with Ganeveh in the Iran . The new cable system will
enable the transmission of voice, data and multimedia broadband
services.

The project is for Pirelli the first
fiber-optic link in the region and is expected to strongly support
economic development of the region through the diffusion of
connectivity and telecommunication services.

The contract foresees the manufacturing and laying of a
350 kilometers long fiber-optic submarine system -
plus a 50 kilometers long terrestrial system – capable with an
ultimate transmission capacity of 10 Gigabit/second on 4 channels,
equivalent to more than 160 thousand simultaneous phone calls.

This link shall prove to be an important milestone and
pave the way for tremendous growth of telecommunication in the
region
, Mauro Sacchetto, Managing Director of
Pirelli Submarine Telecom Systems commented. ” Pirelli won a
tough contest prevailing over many major technology suppliers
worldwide
” .

Ministry of Communications of Kuwait and Telecommunication
Company of Iran are the work owners. Pirelli will incorporate the
most advanced DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing)
submarine optical transmission technology. The initially equipped
capacity of the unrepeatered link – which will use Pirelli cables
with G654 fibers – will be 2.5 Gigabit/second, upgradable in
accordance with future traffic requirements.

The link will be completed by second quarter
2004
and foresees also three branches to Failakah ( Kuwait
) and Kharg ( Iran ) islands and to an Iranian offshore oil
platform. Pirelli will supply three branching units, sophisticated
optical equipment that allow for data transmission on this kind of
systems.

Optical cable will be manufactured by Pirelli at its Italian
facility in Arco Felice (Neaples), the excellence center of the
Group for these applications, while equipment will be manufactured
in Paderno Dugnano ( Milan ).