Subsea wins for Ciena in Atlantic and Pacific

Created February 10, 2021
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Ciena has won two major subsea infrastructure contracts. Ciena will supply its 6500 Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE) powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics for the new 13,494 km Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable in the Pacific. The vendor will also be supplying its SLTE equipoment to Bulk Fiber Networks, which is enhancing its 7,851km Havfrue transatlantic submarine cable system. The capacity of the cable system is 1,000 times greater than the most recent cable on this route across the Atlantic and Havfrue will establish a new route between the USA, Denmark, Ireland, and Norway, while delivering high capacity and scalable spectrum services.

The NEXT system will seamlessly mesh the new system into the current Southern Cross network fabric while supporting higher connectivity services and a fully integrated eco-system. Consisting of three diverse submarine cable routes, 20+ access points, and over 43,000km, this single ecosystem supports high capacity and low latency routes between Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tokelau, Kiribati, Hawaii, and the US West Coast. The work is expected to be completed in early 2022.

“Today’s work from home mandates and the sudden dramatic influx of remote digital requirements have generated major traffic spikes and required our customers to deliver increased capacity in extremely short time frames, a trend we expect to see for years to come,” said Laurie Miller, president and CEO, Southern Cross Cables Limited. “In seeking the optimal solution for our NEXT system, we engaged an external global consultancy to independently review and evaluate the various leading industry solutions and after a thorough process, the Ciena WaveLogic 5 Extreme was identified as the ideal choice.”

In the Atlantic, Ciena’s spectrum sharing submarine network infrastructure will enable Bulk Fiber Networks to provide tailored virtual fibre pairs to individual customers while delivering significant flexibility and agility. Bulk Fiber Networks can adapt its network as connectivity demands change by using Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution that leverages Ciena’s 6500 Submarine Line Terminating Equipment. In addition, Bulk Fiber Networks will have greater visibility of its network by using Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller, which provides comprehensive network management capabilities for efficient lifecycle operations.

Peder Naerboe, founder and chairman, Bulk Fiber Networks commented, “Deploying Ciena and rolling out our Managed Spectrum offering is helping us enhance our Nordic fibre infrastructure and meet large-scale data transport needs now and for the future. The Havfrue is the first direct link between the Nordics and USA in 20 years and the first ever to directly connect USA with Norway. We are ready to deliver services to existing and new customers, who are some of the most advanced customers in the world.”

“There is increased market demand for connectivity in the Nordic region and our innovative solutions and industry experience is helping Bulk Fiber Networks expand its service offering with advanced capacity options. With Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution, Bulk Fiber Networks can benefit from a network that is dynamic, programmable, and able to adapt to changing demands,” said Ian Clarke, vice president of Global Submarine Sales, Ciena

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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.