Submarine Roundup: Southern Cross, Ciena, Xtera, AquaComms

January 14th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

With PTC coming next week, there's lots of news to catch up on under the waves this week as well:

Southern Cross says it has completed an upgrade that has added another 900Gbps to all segments of its network. That brings the total capacity to 5.8Tbps. In addition, they have upgraded the nodes to 15Tbps of OTN switching capability and deployed 200Gbps technology on their inter-Hawaiian network. All of that is based on Ciena's gear of course.

Speaking of Ciena, the vendor had another deployment announced this week in the APAC region. Biznet is using their packet-optical and submarine cable gear to power its new 100G terrestrial and submarine fiber network in Indonesia. The network spans some 15,000km and includes a submarine component over to Singapore. Ciena's channel partner Terrabit Networks facilitated the deployment.

We learned a bit more about that Baltic submarine cable system from Finland's Cinia Group that went online this week. They're using Xtera's gear to power not just that but their pan-European cloud backbone as well. The network aims to connect Scandinavia and Central Europe more directly, and thus help develop the ecosystem for the future

And last but perhaps most significant, the second new transatlantic cable in just a few months has come online. AquaComms says that the new AEConnect cable system is live and in commercial service to its first customer. While the initial launch features 13Tbps per fiber pair, they are already talking about using future modulations like 8QAM to boost that when needed.

Categories: Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables

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