Philippe Keryer, chief strategy and innovation officer of Alcatel-Lucent.
The test was carried out at the cable company’s Innovation City campus near Paris, with 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) being sent over a distance of 7,200km.
The company says this capacity exceeds the current undersea cables by a factor of three.
“Undersea fiber-optic transmission is integral to the digital economy, delivering vast amounts of video and data between countries, regions and continents,” said Philippe Keryer, chief strategy and innovation officer of Alcatel-Lucent.
“As our customers cope with increasing demand on their networks for data capacity and higher-speeds of transmission, our researchers are intensifying their application with tests like this to develop new technology solutions to transform global data networks.”
Alcatel-Lucent has a growing presence in Africa, having built LTE networks for Smile Communications and announcing last week it was building and supporting Ghana’s first LTE network for Surfline Communications.