October 28, 2013
100G Wave Services Now Offered by Pacnet Between United States and Asia-Pacific Region
By Ed Silverstein
Pacnet (News - Alert) is now offering 100G wave services between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. The company is the first provider to offer 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) wave services for enterprises and carriers between these two prominent regions. In addition, Pacnet offers 10Gbps and 40Gbps between the regions.
The technology providing the wave services is an optical mesh network. In particular, the company is using an “EAC Pacific fiber optic cable system integrated with Optical Transport Network (OTN),” according to Pacnet, which switches over the region’s submarine cable systems.
The upgrade and offering comes as a result of more demand for bandwidth in the Asia-Pacific region.
“With this successful upgrade, we have significantly boosted our bandwidth capacity and scalability to serve the dynamic needs of carriers and enterprises that support compute-intensive operations in the region,” Andy Lumsden, chief technology officer of Pacnet, said.
Worldwide, by 2017, IP traffic is predicted to total 1.4 Zettabytes a year. That represents 120.6 Exabytes a month. It also means a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23 percent between 2012 and 2017.
More specifically, when it comes to IP traffic in the Asia-Pacific region, it will total 43.4 Exabytes a month by 2017. That means a CAGR of 26 percent for the region.
Pacnet provides managed data connectivity solutions to carriers, enterprises and government offices in the Asia-Pacific region. The major markets for the company include China, India, Japan and the United States. Recently, Pacnet partnered with Intelisys and WTG.
Pacnet’s headquarters are in Hong Kong and Singapore and its data centers are situated in 14 cities in the Asia-Pacific region. As an example of the company’s facilities, Pacnet recently expanded its Sydney, Australia, CBD data center. The facility was launched in 2011 featuring 260 racks. This past June, it had added 360 racks to support cloud and co-location services.
In addition, Pacnet owns EAC-C2C. That is the largest privately-owned submarine cable network located at 36,800 km and also operates EAC Pacific which extends some 9,620 km in the Pacific Ocean.
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