Nexans cables "The World"

Nexans begins state-of-the-art network installation on 'The World' of ResidenSea luxury residential cruise ship

Paris, July 9, 2001 - Nexans, a world leader in the cable industry, has announced that installation of the latest state-of-the-art communications network has begun on 'The World' of ResidenSea, a new super luxurious cruise ship intended to be a floating home on the high seas.

A first of its kind, 'The World' of ResidenSea is a new concept in luxury accommodation, the passengers owning their own suites aboard the floating community will live on-board as it cruises around the globe.

Thanks to the state-of-the-art Cat.7 structured cabling being installed by Nexans, residents of the ship will be able to continue their normal working lives aboard the vessel with the very latest communications services - each suite will have telephone, fax, e-mail, internet and remote LAN access.

The installation includes a mix of structured cabling � Cat.6 connectivity, Cat.7 for the residents suites and Cat.5e for the crew (totalling 65 km of copper cable), which connects to a fibre optic network. All of the cables are LSOH-FR (Low Smoke Zero Halogen - Flame-Retardant) to meet current safety regulations.

Commenting on the contract, Pascal Portevin, President of Nexans Telecom Division, said "We are delighted to have been chosen for this prestigious project, that has proved that Nexans is at the leading edge of cabling technology. The World of ResidenSea will be a live demonstration of future applications in communications and our technological expertise in structured cabling for voice and data communications".

The ship owners, ResidenSea Ltd, have already ordered an identical sister ship and are currently negotiating a further eight.

Notes to Editors

The ship is being built by Fosen Mek. Verksted, the award winning shipyard in Trondheim,  Norway, and is due to set sail on its maiden voyage in January 2002, making its first port of call at London's Tilbury Docks. From Tilbury the ship heads south across the Atlantic to Rio and then continues on its circumnavigation of the globe, calling at 140 ports in 40 countries, each year spending around 250 days in port.

With its 110 luxurious residences, 'The World' will provide a truly unique and ultimate lifestyle to its permanent international community. There are three sizes of residences ranging in price from $2 million to $6.8 million (USD) and residents can personalise their suites by selecting an interior design style from a number of choices provided by four internationally acclaimed designers. Visit for further information.

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