Australia-Japan Cable completes major upgrade to submarine cable system with Infinera subsea solution

Created January 9, 2019
Technologies and Products

Infinera, a developer of intelligent transport networks, has announced the completion of a major upgrade to Australia-Japan Cable’s (AJC) submarine cable system, which connects Australia, Guam and Japan. AJC has been able to triple lit capacity on this 12,700-kilometer subsea cable system by upgrading the Infinera DTN-X network with Infinera’s fourth generation optical engine ICE4. The network upgrade also delivers a 60% end-of-life capacity increase to AJC’s trans-Pacific cable system.

It is five years since AJC first deployed Infinera’s subsea solution. The recent capacity upgrade with ICE4 was achieved without service interruption and enables AJC to rapidly activate new capacity for customers with Infinera’s “Instant Bandwidth”, which allows AJC to quickly activate and pay for additional capacity when needed, reducing the initial cost of deployment and much of the up-front commercial risk.

“Infinera’s newest optical engine – ICE4 – enabled AJC to easily add more capacity per fibre pair,” said David Crofts, CEO, Australia-Japan Cable. “The ICE4 upgrade to our DTN-X network from Infinera is performing better than advertised, allowing AJC to easily deliver multi-terabit capacity with low power consumption and the reliability required for subsea networks.”

“We are delighted to partner with AJC as they expand their network capacity through the deployment of Infinera’s high-performance ICE4 optical engines,” said Andrew Bond-Webster, vice president, sales, Infinera. “Infinera’s subsea solution delivers on short lead times, offering customers like AJC the ability to quickly activate new capacity and reliably restore customer services should a subsea cable fault occur.”

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.