Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tata Upgrades to 100G on Trans-Atlantic Cable with Ciena

Tata Communications is preparing to launch 100G services on its TGN-Atlantic (TGN-A) subsea cable system from New York to London. The first phase of the 100G deployment is expected to be in full service during the first half of 2013

The upgraded network is using Ciena’s GeoMesh solution based on the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform powered by WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors and optical bypass.  The TGN-A will also be equipped with Ciena’s GeoMesh solution. The deployment marks Tata's first 100G upgrade on its global submarine network.

Tata Communications’ Global Network (TGN), which consists of 210,000 kilometres of terrestrial and subsea network fibre, reaches countries representing 99.7% of the world’s GDP. The TGN IP Transit Network (AS6453) makes up 20% of the world’s internet routes and carries 4,200 Petabits of traffic per month on its Internet backbone.

Ciena said its WaveLogic coherent receiver technology enables unobtrusive 40G/100G upgrades to existing submarine networks with only the addition of new terminal equipment, significantly extending the life of existing cable plants and further lengthening their lifespans into the future.

“The move to 100G coherent technology on our TGN-Atlantic cable system demonstrates our leadership in global network infrastructure,” says Genius Wong, Senior Vice President of Global Network Services at Tata Communications. “Based on Ciena’s GeoMesh, this major deployment will bring maximum bandwidth, lower latencies, higher uptimes and seamless scalability for carriers and enterprises, today and in the future.”

Ciena is a pioneer in coherent optical technology. It offered the industry’s first commercially-available systems, with coherent 40G deployed since 2008 and coherent 100G since 2009. To date, Ciena has shipped 20,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces to more than 100 customers across the globe, with more than 20 million coherent kilometres deployed.