Hibernia Networks is upgrading its transatlantic cable system, and it’s switching to a new vendor to get the job done. They’ve tapped Ciena’s GeoMesh solution, including the coherent optics, ROADM, and packet-optical platform.
Hibernia had been in the Huawei camp for a long time prior to the security dustup a few years ago where Huawei gear was said to be a security risk by the US Congress and others. After the revelations over the past year about NSA spying, all the worries then sure seem a bit ironic now. But it led to the suspension of Hibernia’s Project Express low latency project last year. I wonder if that effort will resurface in a new form at some point, since sooner or later we really will need a new transatlantic cable system.
But from wherever the change derives, it’s a nice win for Ciena. Hibernia has joined their partner program, and the announcement refers to the transatlantic cable as the first segment to get Ciena’s technology. But Hibernia’s network has evolved to much more than a submarine cable, and further deployments on their terrestrial networks are therefore likely to follow.
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