Undersea Roundup: AJC, Seaborn, Southern Cross, Emerald Networks

January 15th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

underwater-cable1There has been a flurry of announcements this week from submarine cable systems around the world. Here’s a few quick takes:

The Australia Japan Cable has upgraded with some new gear. They have deployed Infinera’s DTN-X with SD-FEC and integrated OTN switching to boost capacity significantly and speed up delivery. The AJC system connects Australia, Japan, and Guam, covering some 12,700km.

Not to be outdone, Southern Cross has also added substantial capacity to its cable system. They’re using Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 platform to add another 500Gbps to each of their cables by this July. It was just six months ago that they put Ciena’s 100Gbps gear to work, and this latest expansion will take their total lit capacity across both cables to 3.6Tbps and their theoretical capacity to 12Tbps.

Meanwhile over in the North Atlantic, Emerald Networks was busy putting another piece of its transatlantic puzzle in place. They have made the decision to land the Emerald Express at Killala Bay in County Mayo on the western shore of Ireland. The system is scheduled to come online in the fourth quarter of this year.

And further south, Seaborn Networks has won some additional investment dollars for its Seabras-1 cable. The International Finance Corporation has joined the company’s other investors in funding the development and buildout of the new cable system, which will directly hook up Sao Paolo and New York, with a landing in Fortaleza. But the last sentence of the PR added a twist: “While Seabras-1 remains Seaborn’s priority, certain other routes are already in the development stage.”  Hmmmm…

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