Two subsea successes for Infinera

Created March 16, 2023
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It has been announced this week that Africa telecommunications and managed services provider SEACOM’s Equiano subsea cable has gone live with equipment partner Infinera, offering express connectivity from Cape Town, South Africa, to Lisbon, Portugal. The cable now forms part of SEACOM’s subsea cable ecosystem surrounding Africa, which is supported by a continent-wide IP-MPLS network which offer private line services with latency speeds of +/-110ms between South Africa and Europe. The cable was landed in Cape Town in August 2022. SEACOM, making it the fastest direct route between the continents.

“Infinera is delighted to partner with SEACOM to light the Equiano subsea cable with our industry-leading ICE6 800G technology,” said Nick Walden, Infinera Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales. “With the industry’s highest spectral efficiency, ICE6 enables SEACOM to maximise the number of high-speed services they can offer, providing multiple terabits of capacity on this critical subsea link.”

In a separate announcement, Infinera says the Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, a subsidiary of BW Digital, has successfully completed a record-breaking trial using Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent optical solution. The trial achieved real-time subsea spectral efficiency of more than 4.5 bps/Hz on an uncompensated cable spanning 15,000 km, connecting Australia and the United States.

Hawaiki also tested Infinera’s GX Series Compact Modular Platform, and Infinera’s suite of software automation tools, including Intelligent Power Management (IPM) and Instant Bandwidth 2.0, which enable capabilities such as smart cable automation, embedded spectrum sharing, and rapid service activation.

“Extending the capital life of important subsea assets for our customers remains a key goal of Infinera,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera. “We are excited about the results of this trial proving how ICE6 can significantly increase the number of services that can be delivered over long submarine infrastructure.”

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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.