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June 26, 2012

Japan-U.S. Cable Picks Ciena for Trans-Pacific 100G Submarine Network



By Jyothi Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor



Japan-U.S. Cable Network has announced its plan to upgrade the trans-Pacific submarine network, which is close to 23,000 kilometers from the U.S. to Japan. The project has been aided by Ciena with its market-leading coherent 100 Gigabits per second (100G) technology.

The 23,000 kilometers network will be supported by Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform with WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors. This will replace existing 10G optical equipment at two landing stations in California, one in Hawaii, and three in Japan.

According to Ciena officials, their WaveLogic coherent technology offers revolutionary 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 its lifespan. Other than scaling bandwidth and lowering costs, WaveLogic-powered networks can be programmed to quickly respond and adapt to changing requirements for capacity, reach, and latency.

Anthony McLachlan, VP and GM, Asia Pacific, Ciena said, “As bandwidth consumption accelerates worldwide, submarine networks have emerged as a potential bottleneck in global networks due to the cost, challenge, and financial risks of deploying new submarine cables. Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 coherent technology has completely changed the economics of bandwidth and time-to-market for submarine network operators, enabling dramatic increases in capacity over existing cable systems.”

The Japan-U.S. Cable is built with more than 26 consortium members such as: Verizon Business (News - Alert), AT&T, BT, Sprint, CenturyLink, KDDI, NTT, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Tata Communications, SingTel, Softbank Telecom, France Telecom, Level(3), AboveNet, KT, Starhub, PCCW (News - Alert), and Telstra.

This new network will be the first direct coast-to-coast 100G trans-Pacific submarine network, which allows Japan-U.S. Cable customers to take advantage of the benefits of increased bandwidth and support rapidly increasing capacity demands.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
 
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