TENET taps XKL for Subsea Capacity

Created May 9, 2018
News and Business

Fibre optic networking systems provider XKL has announced a deal with South Africa-based research and education network TENET, to supply XKL’s DarkStar transponder and mux/demux systems, providing a protected connection between two of TENET’s strategic data centre locations in London.

The interconnection is a critical component of a subsea cable network linking London to Cape Town. The transponder systems grow to 36x10G in a 1RU package, establishing the connection between multi-tenant data centres, which connect to subsea fibre managed by the West African Cable System (WACS). The inclusion of an amplified mux/demux with optical switch protection was driven by TENET’s desire to easily scale its transport capacity as demand increases as well as provide optical path protection between locations in the event of a fibre break.

TENET operates multiple peering and transit links across Europe and Africa, as well as UbuntuNet gateways under contract to the UbuntuNet Alliance. The provider also offers direct connections to GÉANT, the European research and education network. With several initiatives driving network utilisation, the company intends on increasing its capacity over time and sought a network solution that intelligently accommodates growth. XKL’s mux/demux offering allows TENET to simply add new optical transport systems as needed without service disruption. This pay-as-you-grow approach is facilitated through the unified design of XKL’s suite of products. Network architects have gravitated toward that flexibility when planning their networks.

Dr. Chad Lamb, chief systems architect for XKL says, “Linking strategic data centre locations is an increasing trend and XKL has a portfolio of products to support this use case. It’s hard to predict the growth level of traffic that will be needed between sites. The XKL solution provides future expansion capability without the costs typically seen with optical transport solutions.”

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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.