Three Subsea Cable Upgrades For Ciena Plus an Acquisition

January 19th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

Alongside PTC out in Hawaii this week, Ciena revealed three undersea cable upgrade projects it has been working on in three different oceans.  And this morning, they did a little M&A as well.

In the Atlantic, Global Cloud Xchange has upgraded its transatlantic cable system.  The international arm of Reliance Communications has deployed Ciena’s 5160 packet networking gear from their node in London across to New York City in order to better support high-capacity Ethernet services.  They’re also using the advanced management solutions and EF&I, expanding on an existing relationship.

In the Pacific, the Asia America Gateway consortium has deployed Ciena’s GeoMesh solutions on its cable between southeast Asia and the US West Coast.  The upgrade boosts capacity to meet growing demand and allows them to provision via point and click.

Along the Indian Ocean side of Africa, SEACOM is both upgrading undersea and expanding on land.  They’re leveraging GeoMesh and converged packet optical to upgrade to 100G and seamlessly manage both submarine and the terrestrial reach they’ve been building out.  SEACOM has been working with Ciena since a 2013 upgrade.

And just this morning, Ciena announced the acquisition of the high-speed photonics components assets of TeraXion.  They’ll be spending $32M in cash, and getting Canadian-based TeraXion’s indium phosphide and silicon photonics technologies plus the underlying IP.

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Categories: Mergers and Acquisitions · Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables

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