Aqua Comms Upgrades With Ciena

March 24th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

The Irish-based subsea cable provider Aqua Comms has upgraded its  transatlantic cable systems with some help from Ciena. The move increases the company’s total potential capacity, but also brings to bear AI and software intelligence capabilities

Aqua Comms has deployed Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution on both AEC-1 and AEC-2. AEC-1 was their first cable, stretching 5,521km between New York and the west coast of Ireland, while AEC-2 is their piece of the newer 7650km Havfrue cable system between the US and Scandinavia with a branch to Ireland. Both are now powered by Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution and supporting software, enabling 500G transatlantic channel rates amongst other things. The upgrade doubles the capacity of AEC-1 to 20Tbps.

The upgrade comes as Aqua Comms may be in the process of getting new owners. Earlier this month Digital 9 Infrastructure announced plans for an IPO in London that would fund a planned $215M purchase of Aqua Comms. Other than that one announcement, however, the folks involved have been pretty quiet about the proposed transaction thus far.

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