NAIROBI, KENYA – Alcatel-Lucent has signed a new contract with the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) consortium to increase the cable’s capacity to 1.4T bps (bits per second) from 320G bps.

The agreement allows Alcatel-Lucent to change the equipment design to accommodate the new capacity requirements. The design change, however, will have no effect on the cable’s June 2009 delivery deadline.

“This design change reflects our capacity to capture our customers’ requirements and to provide tailored solutions that can easily evolve over time as needed,” said Etienne Lafoug