|[January 14, 2014]
Southern Cross to add another Terabit using Ciena 100G
HAMILTON, Bermuda & HANOVER, Md. --(Business Wire)--
Hard on the heels of the successful implementation of Ciena's
100Gb/s solution across its 30,000km network in July 2013, Southern
Cross Cable Network has stepped up again, to announce today that it
will use the Ciena WaveLogic 3 platform to add an additional 500Gb/s to
both cables by July 2014.
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."
"ISPs and other customers continue to acquire greater amounts of
capacity in larger units from Southern Cross. This latest expansion will
be our largest to date, increasing our total lit capacity across the two
Southern Cross cables from 2.6Tb/s to 3.6Tb/s."
The 2014 network expansion will be underpinned by Ciena's flexible grid
and WaveLogic optical technologies, which will increase Southern Cross'
potential capacity capability to 12Tb/s.
"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
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 an 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 (News - Alert) in San Jose and the Westin Building in Seattle."
"These developments cement the Southern Cross position as the only
single system provider of highly resilient international capacity
solutions between key data locations in Australia, New Zealand and the
Ciena's Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Anthony
McLachlan, states: "Ciena's GeoMesh and WaveLogic solutions enable
Southern Cross to meet expanding customer demands and seize new business
opportunities. High-bandwidth applications like video, cloud computing
and machine-to-machine communications continue to put pressure on
today's networks, requiring carriers like Southern Cross to deploy
technologies that not only increase capacity but also provide more
intelligent, adaptable networks."
Southern Cross and Ciena are both participating in the Pacific
Telecommunications Council Conference (PTC14) event taking place January
19-22, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information about the event,
About Southern Cross
Southern Cross Cable Network provides fast, direct, and secure
international bandwidth from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the
heart of the Internet in the USA. The Southern Cross Cable Network
comprises two submarine communications cables which were first
commissioned in November 2000 and January 2001 at a cost of USD1.3
billion. They provide broadband users in Australia, New Zealand, the
Hawaiian Islands and Fiji with international connections to the US West
coast where global Internet hubs are located.
The Southern Cross Network has been engineered until 2025. In 2001
total installed capacity was 80 Gb/s, and in January 2003 the total
network was expanded to 480Gb/s. Upgrades in 2009 and 2010 increased
capacity to 1.2Tb/s. The 40G Coherent technology upgrade in 2012
increased total lit capacity to 1.6Tb/s with the current 100G Coherent
upgrade to increasing lit capacity to 2.6Tb/s in 2013. This latest
upgrade will increase lit capacity to 3.6Tb/s by Q2 2014.
The Southern Cross Cable Network is owned by Telecom NZ (50%),
SingTel-Optus (News - Alert) (40%) and Verizon (10%). Southern Cross Cable Network has
offices in Bermuda, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington. For more
information visit Southern Cross at: http://www.southerncrosscables.com
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