Reliance upgrades Asia submarine cable network with Ciena 40G technology

Ciena announced that Reliance Globalcom, a provider of managed network and communication services for multinational enterprises and carriers, completed an upgrade of its FNAL submarine network with Ciena’s coherent 40G optical networking solution.


Reliance Globalcom’s enhanced network brings capacity increases to two key routes that each span approximately 5,000 kilometers to connect Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong.


Ciena’s solution enables us to provide four times the bandwidth with a simple card upgrade, removing the need for costly and complex infrastructure changes,” said Rory Cole, COO Carrier Business at Reliance Globalcom.


Reliance Globalcom owns one of the world’s largest private undersea cable systems that spans a total of 65,000 kilometers. When combined with the 190,000 kilometers of domestic fiber of its parent company, Reliance Communications, the global network connects 40 key business markets across India, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States.


We’re pleased to support Reliance Globalcom in deploying Asia’s first high-capacity submarine network with ROADM functionality, which provides greater flexibility to route traffic quickly and more effectively address changing traffic demands,” said Ed McCormack, vice president and general manager of international accounts and submarine systems at Ciena.


Powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optical processors, the upgraded submarine cable network will add a total of four terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity and lay the foundation for a path to 100G in the near future.


Ciena provided Reliance Globalcom its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with 40G ultra long haul interfaces, which are designed to significantly increase submarine network capacity without disrupting existing customer traffic or adding cost and complexity to the network.


Ciena provided deployment services and quickly turned up the system with in-service traffic migration from existing 10G to coherent 40G. To ensure optimal network performance, Reliance Globalcomm is also utilizing Ciena’s network management software solutions.


This upgrade is the first submarine deployment with reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADM), which provide flexibility to add or drop select wavelengths at intermediate sites. In addition to reducing latency on the route, this gives Reliance Globalcom the ability to react to changing traffic demands and increase network availability.


This deployment builds on a long-standing relationship between Ciena and Reliance Globalcom and its parent company Reliance Communications. Earlier this year, the companies announced a separate 40G ultra long haul deployment on the Reliance Globalcom network to support a 6,400 kilometer submarine link connecting the UK, Spain, Italy and Egypt.


Recently, Reliance Communications leveraged Ciena’s coherent 40G solutions to support an upgrade of its nationwide long-haul network in India. The enhanced backbone infrastructure offers higher capacities and improved scale to support the Reliance Communications’ wireless and wireline broadband initiatives, including the delivery of its recently launched 3G services.


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