The FINANCIAL — Alcatel-Lucent is to continue to operate its undersea cables business, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), as a wholly-owned subsidiary. ASN will continue to execute its strategic roadmap, strengthen its leadership in submarine cable systems for telecom applications and pursue further diversification into the Oil & Gas sector.
ASN leads the global submarine cables industry with more than 575,000 km of fiber-optic cable systems deployed worldwide, along with the maintenance of 330,000 km of undersea systems. ASN’s scope of operations comprises traditional undersea telecommunications networks and, increasingly, serving the Oil & Gas sector with mission-critical ultra-broadband communications for offshore production facilities, according to Alcatel-Lucent.
Headquartered in Villarceaux, France, and with cable manufacturing and loading facilities in Calais, France, and repeater and branching unit production in Greenwich in the UK, ASN provides a turnkey product and service offering, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable-laying ships.
Retaining ASN has no impact on Alcatel-Lucent’s intention to complete its proposed combination with Nokia.