Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, is among the industry leaders in terms of transmission capacity and installed base. With over 750,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide, ASN offers tailored turnkey global undersea transmission systems and a comprehensive range of services, including project management and maintenance operations, all facilitated by a dedicated cable ship fleet.

In a world where the demand for reliable internet connectivity is greater than ever, ASN (Alcatel Submarine Networks) is one of the leaders in providing submarine telecommunications systems. Committed to addressing environmental pressures and climate change, ASN has implemented various projects to ensure responsible and sustainable practices throughout its operations. This documentary explores ASN’s dedication to minimizing its environmental impact while connecting the world.

Manufacturing and Environmental Responsibility

ASN understands the importance of reducing its impact on the environment. To achieve this goal, the company has undertaken major initiatives, such as modernizing ships and its fleet, as well as manufacturing facilities, and developing new products with underwater monitoring capabilities.

In addition, ASN is actively working to reduce carbon emissions. For example, it has replaced copper with aluminium in cable design, which not only limits the company’s environmental impact but also helps conserve valuable resources. ASN’s NEO project (Calais Manufacturing Site) aims to increase production capacity while installing solar panels and reusing hot water from the manufacturing process to heat the building, demonstrating ASN’s commitment to sustainability throughout the manufacturing process.

Connecting Continents and Small Islands

ASN prides itself on its ability to provide high-speed, reliable internet connections to all continents, including regions such as Africa, via submarine cables. By bridging the digital divide, ASN empowers people to access critical online services, strengthens communities, and promotes economic growth. Furthermore, ASN extends its coverage to small islands around the world, even in icy regions. These connections not only provide reliable internet access but also facilitate communication, collaboration, and development opportunities for remote communities.

Sustainable Innovations and Environmental Impact Reduction

ASN’s dedication to sustainability extends beyond its manufacturing processes. The company actively participates in initiatives that contribute to a greener future. One notable project is the use of its DC/FO (Direct Current/Fiber Optic) subsea control infrastructure, contracted for Equinor Northern Lights, to control climate change. This innovative infrastructure enables efficient subsea control power transmission, reducing the environmental impact of traditional hydraulic systems.

Additionally, ASN is at the forefront of SMART cables, a UN-backed initiative to monitor the seabed using submarine cables. Using telecommunications technology, ASN SMART cables increase the speed and efficiency of real-time tsunami warning systems, enabling better disaster preparedness.

ASN’s commitment to responsible and sustainable submarine cable production and deployment is reflected in its innovative approach and dedication to reducing environmental impact. By modernizing its fleet, adopting advanced technologies, and collaborating with global stakeholders, ASN strives to connect the world while taking into account the needs of future generations and the planet. By connecting small islands to continents, incorporating sustainable innovations, and actively reducing its environmental footprint, ASN plays a critical role in building a more connected and sustainable future.

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