EASSy upgrades subsea network with Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme

Created March 29, 2022
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African operator EASSy is increasing the performance of its 10,000-kilometre submarine cable system in sub-Saharan Africa. The cable, which traverses Africa’s east and south coasts, is using Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme, powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optical technology. EASSy says the upgrade will help it to satisfy surging digital demands regionally, as well as cost-effectively improve connectivity to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The deployment means EASSy can double network capacity from 18Tbps to 36Tbps across the system to maintain pace with ongoing bandwidth growth. EASSy is also adding intelligence and efficiency to its cable system, maximising fibre capacity and reducing the transported cost per bit.

The network is managed by Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller. By adopting a software-driven, automated approach, Ciena says EASSy gains maximum operational proficiency and service agility while reducing OPEX. EASSy is also utilising Ciena Services to implement the hardware upgrade, including migration of legacy traffic, as well as to manage and support its network operations centre (NOC) in South Africa.

Jacques Van Der Walt, procurement group chair at Telkom South Africa commented, “There’s a great need for affordable and reliable international connectivity in East Africa. We worked with Ciena to make our submarine cable network simpler and higher speed, allowing us to scale to unprecedented capacities at a lower overall cost. This places EASSy in a better position to expedite the closing of the Digital Divide for Africans who are increasingly dependent on cloud-based services.”

Ian Clarke, vice president of Global Submarine Solutions at Ciena said, “EASSy is on a mission to provide world-class international connectivity that helps close the Digital Divide in Africa. Our proven deployment capabilities in Africa helped EASSy modernise its network using GeoMesh Extreme, providing on-time capacity that’s critical to keeping pace with ongoing international traffic growth in Africa.”

For more information, visit www.ciena.com

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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.