Eastern Light shines in Nordics dark fibre market with Ciena

Created March 8, 2018
We will provide key interconnection points for the Nordics that will help facilitate the movement of global internet traffic in and out of the region. Ciena’s GeoMesh and optical innovations will give Eastern Light a new approach to support a smarter, faster and more adaptive network.Applications and Research

Sweden’s Eastern Light has selected Ciena’s GeoMesh solution to help meet what it says is “fast-growing demand” for long-haul dark fibre in the region. Eastern Light is building a series of international submarine fibre-optic cable routes in northern Europe.

The provider says its chosen long-haul dark fibre routes in the Nordic region will provide local and global operators with improved security, reliability and network diversity. Currently under construction is the initial stretch between Sweden (Stockholm) and Finland (Hanko, Helsinki and Kotka), providing the first new submarine fibre optic cable between the two Nordic capitals in more than a decade.

GeoMesh

Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine network solution, an open architecture that integrates hardware, software and professional services, will support Eastern Light’s dark fibre offering. And Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform, leveraging WaveLogic coherent optics, comes part of the deal to deliver redundancy and flexibility.

New dark fibre ring
The Sweden/Finland cable route is both geographically separated from and shorter than existing cables. Once deployment is complete, Eastern Light says its system will offer a large part of northern Europe with a brand new international long-haul dark fibre ring.

Svante Jurnell, CEO of Eastern Light, said: “We have made it our mission to make it as simple as possible for our customers to ‘light up’ their own dark fibres. By adopting a turnkey solution from Ciena we’ve ensured that we can provide our customers with accurate capacity statements and network optimisation.”

Keri Gilder, vice president and general manager for Ciena EMEA, said: “We will provide key interconnection points for the Nordics that will help facilitate the movement of global internet traffic in and out of the region. Ciena’s GeoMesh and optical innovations will give Eastern Light a new approach to support a smarter, faster and more adaptive network.”

In another recent deal in Northern Europe, Ciena provided Unitymedia in Germany with its WaveLogic Ai solution to help the cable operator upgrade its data centre networks with a flexible grid system. WaveLogic Ai is being used to help overcome data centre complexities and reduce operational costs.

With the higher channel capacities offered by WaveLogic Ai – up to 400G on a single wavelength – Unitymedia says it can offer new high capacity bandwidth services and deliver up to four times the bandwidth within the same infrastructure and site environment.

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.