LONDON His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has visited Alcatel’s submarine telecommunications facility in Greenwich, as part of a Royal celebration of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Alcatel’s UK submarine business won two of the awards in 2000 in the categories of ‘Innovation’ and ‘International Trade’ and have won the Award, 7 times between 1968 and 2000.
The Duke met with Georges Krebs, Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel’s submarine network activity, Bill Burchell, Managing Director of the Greenwich facility, as well as other members of the local management team. His Royal Highness was given an overview of submarine telecommunications including the manufacturing process, design areas, engineering and marine installation.
After the visit, Burchell said, “The Duke of Edinburgh showed considerable interest in our facilities here and especially in the details of our recent Sea-Me-We-4 contract win”.
Alcatel’s submarine networking activities in the UK are based in Greenwich where it designs and manufactures underwater electronics including repeaters and branching units as well as develops submarine line terminal equipment.
The facility is currently manufacturing for the Sea-Me-We-4 project, which will span nearly 20,000 km linking 14 countries from France to Singapore. Since the introduction of fibre-optic technology for undersea systems, Alcatel has laid over 450,000 km of submarine networks sufficient to circle the earth 11 times.