SOURCE: Xtera Communications

Xtera Communications

February 24, 2010 06:08 ET

TOGO TELECOM Awards Contract to Xtera Communications for High-Capacity Optical Network

Express Highway Improves Long-Distance Domestic Network and Connects Landlocked Countries to International Submarine Cable Systems

ALLEN, TX--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) -  Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading global provider of optical and IP networking solutions, was awarded a contract by TOGO TELECOM to deploy a high capacity optical network across Togo, West Africa. Phase I of the work was completed in January 2010. When completed, this deployment will migrate the current Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) long-distance domestic network to a new optical layer relying on advanced broadband optical amplification technology for higher capacity and optical protection, providing enhanced network resilience and availability. Furthermore this migration from SDH to Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM) network infrastructure is an opportunity to reduce the number of intermediate sites and simplify the backbone network configuration. The new network will also create an express, high-capacity, reliable backhaul system, connecting landlocked countries in the west sub-Saharan area to international submarine cable systems via TOGO TELECOM's cable landing station, which is part of the West African Cable System (WACS).

"TOGO TELECOM's advanced nationwide optical network combined with the WACS infrastructure will offer landlocked countries in the sub-region and Togo access to the rest of the world," said Sam P. Bikassam, General Manager of TOGO TELECOM. This will free landlocked countries from the exclusive use of microwave radio systems and satellite connectivity for international communications, enabling them to offer more reliable, higher capacity broadband services to their residential and business customers. "Xtera was instrumental in our migration to a higher capacity optical layer relying on Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology."

"TOGO TELECOM's deployment of Xtera's advanced optical transmission equipment is further evidence that innovative all-Raman optical amplification technology can offer wide bandwidth and long reach in multiple environments, with easier installation and operation than traditional WDM transmission equipment," said Herve Fevrier, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Xtera Communications.

Note: The WACS submarine cable spanning more than 14,000 km will run from Cape Town in South Africa to the United Kingdom with landings in Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Portugal.

TOGO TELECOM is a state-owned company and Togo global telecommunication operator. TOGO TELECOM's objective is to build and provide equipment for the public utility of telecommunications. For this purpose:

  • TOGO TELECOM installs and operates the telecommunications public network except where it concerns the security of the state.
  • TOGO TELECOM is authorized to pursue, in accordance with the legislation in force, any other activity which is attached directly or indirectly to its objective.
  • The provisions relating to the concession of this public utility are specified in a lawful text.

TOGO TELECOM owns a subsidiary, TOGO CELLULAIRE, in charge of the mobile market.

In the 2009 exclusive Jeune Afrique magazine's annual list of the top 500 African companies, TOGO TELECOM moved from the 454th to the 414th ranking, demonstrating the momentum and dynamic management introduced in the past years within the company. For more information, visit

About Xtera Communications
Xtera Communications specializes in network infrastructure that delivers the highest capacity, reach and value. Providing solutions for enterprise and telecom companies, Xtera offers an extensive portfolio of optical and IP networking solutions for submarine, long-haul, regional, metropolitan and enterprise applications. With deployments across five continents, Xtera's optical transport solutions help service providers expand and accelerate their market reach with new deployments and extend the life of existing network assets with cost-effective upgrades. Our IP networking solutions for WAN traffic management deliver efficient, flexible network optimization. Xtera's innovative technologies offer exceptional quality and performance, driving customer success. For more information, visit

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