Ciena upgrades Asia to Europe fibre connectivity

Created September 18, 2019
Technologies and Products

Ciena has completed a significant upgrade to the SEA-ME-WE 5 (South East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5) submarine cable system, to support enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming services more efficiently. The upgrade has resulted in a 100% active capacity increase of the cable, enabling faster broadband access to users along the multi-regional data superhighway.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system is 20,000 km and spans across 17 countries. The cable’s advanced 100G technology is expected to meet multiplying bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia, providing the lowest latency possible and further enhancing network diversity and resilience in the high-traffic area.

SEA-ME-WE 5 says it is able to increase the value of the cable system and accelerate growth by leveraging Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme technology, which features the 6500 Packet-Optical platform, to meet unpredictable traffic demands and provide new levels of capacity and flexibility for service providers. Additionally, Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai platform will help lower the cost per 100Gbps “significantly”, said Ciena, by increasing the capacity per wave up to 300Gbps. Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution, which supports an open architecture, will enable SEA-ME-WE 5’s customers to rapidly scale capacity, protect traffic from faults and lower total cost of network ownership, the vendor said. In addition, SEA-ME-WE 5 will also leverage Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller software to get real-time visibility into the performance of the network.

Luigi Sangiorgio and Mukthar Bin Embong, PG co-chairs for SEA-ME-WE 5, said, “Ciena is helping us take on future network challenges and maximise the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable with state-of-the-art technology. We are able to deliver the benefits of greater capacity and flexibility to our customers sooner than expected as this latest cable upgrade was completed ahead of schedule.”

Ian Clarke, vice president of global submarine sales at Ciena, said, “SEA-ME-WE 5’s latest upgrade is a great reflection of the dynamic digital transformation that’s taking place along the Europe to Asia route, which is experiencing an overwhelming demand for capacity.”

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation