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France Telecom-Orange loads up on undersea cable deals

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France Telecom Orange (www.orange-ftgroup.com) is making a heavy play into the submarine cable business.  It has acquired Elettra, Telecom Italia‚Äôs submarine cable business and earlier this month announced an agreement for a new undersea cable in the Indian Ocean.

With Elettra, France Telecom will get two cable ships along with 100 percent of the [...]

France Telecom signs agreement to build Africa Coast submarine cable

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France Telecom (www.orange-ftgroup.com) has committed to deploy a 17,000 kilometer long undersea fiber optic cable between France and West Africa.  Planned to be operational in the first half of 2010, it will connect 23 countries along its length as it runs between France and South Africa.

This will be the first international submarine cable [...]