PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT – BERMUDA / US CABLE SYSTEM
31 August 2007
Following the announcement on 29 March 2007 by Cable & Wireless International (CWI) of
a US$22 million investment in a next generation fibre optic cable which will link Bermuda with the
USA, CWI has selected Azea Networks to provide its NX10 terminal equipment and Management
System solution for this new route. Additionally, Azea will provide technical support for this innovative
project, which will use the established Gemini cable, part of which will be picked up and diverted to
land in Bermuda.
Although the cable system was originally designed for operation at 4 x 2.5 Gbit/s, the new terminal
equipment will enable a capacity of 16 x 10 Gbit/s on each of the two fibre pairs, thus providing for
future expansion. The innovative approach of re-using the Gemini cable capitalises on an existing
asset and will result in a rapid and cost effective implementation. Azea will also be involved in
ensuring that the recovered and re-engineered cable meets the transmission requirements for
maximising long-term capacity and in moving Power Feed Equipment.
“Azea was chosen because their equipment meets our requirements for a modern, cost effective
solution,” said Eddie Saints, Chief Executive of Cable & Wireless Bermuda. “The resulting link will
feature 1+1 protection to create a highly reliable link with the capability to expand to meet future
“We are delighted to be selected to provide the terminal Equipment for this imaginative project,”
said Mike Hynes, Chief Operating Officer of Azea Networks Ltd., “and our involvement in the cable
engineering and re-deployment of Power Feed Equipment is a natural fit with Azea’s policy of
providing complete turnkey solutions to the Submarine Cable Market.”
Cable & Wireless has provided international fixed line services to Bermuda for 117 years and also
provides fibre-based data and broadband services to businesses through its Bermuda associate
Quantum Communications Limited.
Azea Networks Ltd. specialises in upgrading existing cable networks and offers modern, cost effective
equipment and complete solutions.
About Cable & Wireless:
Cable & Wireless is one of the world’s leading international communications companies. It operates
through two stand-alone business units – International, plus Europe, Asia and US.
The International business unit operates integrated telecommunications companies in 33 countries
offering mobile, broadband, domestic and international fixed line services to residential and business
customers, with principal operations in the Caribbean, Panama, Macau, Channel Islands and Monaco.
For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to: www.cw.com
About Cable & Wireless Bermuda Ltd.:
In Bermuda, Cable & Wireless has been providing the Island’s international telecommunications since
1890, when the first submarine cable was laid from Nova Scotia. Since then, we have been one of the
most significant factors in the rapid growth and prosperity of Bermuda, both as a premier tourist
destination and as an international domicile.
Azea Networks is a specialist in submarine optical network solutions. Azea’s technology and expertise
exploits the full potential of existing submarine cable assets to deliver substantial capacity gains for
cable owners and operators
For more information:
Press release issued by redPepper Marketing (www.redpeppermarketing.com) on behalf of Azea
Networks. For more information, contact Scott White at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Hynes at
email@example.com, telephone: +44 (0)1708 335400