Southern Cross taps Ciena for trans-Pacific 800G working

Created January 25, 2024
News and Business

Australasian international capacity provider Southern Cross, is planning to deploy Ciena’s WaveLogic 6 Extreme (WL6e) technology as a key part of the Southern Cross (SX) NEXT expansion plans from Sydney to Los Angeles. The use of WL6e technology in NEXT will allow the implementation of 800 Gbps wavelengths across the single 12,500+km span, providing reliable, energy efficient, and high bandwidth connections to support offerings such as the recently launched 400GbE services from Southern Cross.

“We have a long-standing history with Ciena, and their strong history of innovation and deep understanding of our business needs have continued to be instrumental to our success. SX NEXT cable is a high-performance system and the first phase of the replacement of the original systems by 2030. Today, we’re once again announcing what is expected to be another networking world first, implementing Ciena WaveLogic 6 on SX NEXT to help us push the envelope in terms of high-speed bandwidth connectivity and energy efficiency,” said Laurie Miller, president and CEO, Southern Cross.

“The Southern Cross NEXT cable is key to the transpacific cable ecosystem, contributing to improved network performance across the Pacific region – all on top of Ciena GeoMesh Extreme technology. Southern Cross has always looked to Ciena for the latest innovations to gain a competitive advantage. With this upgrade to WL6, Southern Cross will be able to provide customers with unrivalled connectivity, allowing them to enjoy applications and services of up to 800GbE,” said Dino DiPerna, Senior vice president, Global Research and Development, Ciena.

Southern Cross’ 400G service over its NEXT cable went live in July 2022.

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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.