Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Southern Cross Adds Terabit Trans-Pacific Capacity with Ciena

Southern Cross Cable Network, which implemented Ciena’s 100 Gbps solution across its 30,000km network in July 2013, will use the Ciena WaveLogic 3 platform to add an additional 500 Gbps to both cables by July 2014. This will bring the total lit capacity across the two Southern Cross cables from 2.6 Tbps to 3.6 Tbps. Potential capacity is 12 Tbps.

Southern Cross President and CEO Fiona Beck says “The continued expansion of our network using the best 100G technology available underpins our strategy to support the development of high-speed broadband in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Fiji.”

“The introduction of the Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to our network in 2011, allowed us to move from 10G optics, to 40G, and then to 100G in July 2013. At the same time, the implementation of a mesh-enabled submarine network architecture (GeoMesh) increased the resilience of our services significantly, reducing the risk of natural and man-made network disruptions, even under multi-failure conditions,” said Ms Beck.

“The Ciena platform has allowed us to provide sector leading high capacity submarine capacity services such as 10G and 40G OTN along with the introduction of 40G Ethernet and 100G OTN interfacing. In 2014 we will introduce 100GbE services along with the seamless integration of our key internet data center access points such as Equinix in Sydney, CoreSite in San Jose and the Westin Building in Seattle.”


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