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CORNING AND NSW COMPLETE ARCOS1

HICKORY, NC -- Corning Cable Systems and NSW Submarine Cable Systems have announced the completion of ARCOS1, the A...


January 18, 2002  


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HICKORY, NC — Corning Cable Systems and NSW Submarine Cable Systems have announced the completion of ARCOS1, the Americas Region Caribbean Ring System.

The ARCOS1 network is a 9,000 km optical-ring system linking 15 countries, including the Bahamas, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, the U.S. and Venezuela. The complete ring began commercial operations on December 25, 2001.

The system is designed to provide improvements to the telecom infrastructure in the Caribbean region, increasing the speed and capacity of telecom among the countries involved. The companies say the ring configuration — where each signal is sent into both directions to the addressee — provides high speed and high capacity capabilities for voice, data and video transmissions.

In June 2000, NSW secured the ARCOS contract as the consortium leader, along with Siemens and Tyco. The first 2,000 km went into RFPA (Ready for Provisional Acceptance Test) use after 12 months and ring completion took place 18 months after financial closing.


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