Ciena to supply WaveLogic 3 platform to Southern Cross Cable Network

Telecom equipment vendor Ciena will supply WaveLogic 3 platform to Southern Cross Cable Network to add an additional 500Gb/s to both cables by July 2014.

In July 2013, Ciena had deployed its 100Gb/s solution across Southern Cross Cable Network’s 30,000 km network.

“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,” said Southern Cross President and CEO Fiona Beck.

Southern Cross President and CEO Fiona Beck

The expansion increases the total lit capacity across the two Southern Cross cables from 2.6Tb/s to 3.6Tb/s. The 2014 network expansion will increase Southern Cross’ potential capacity capability to 12Tb/s.

The capacity addition will enable Southern Cross Cable Network to address demands from ISP’s and other customers.

“The Ciena platform has allowed us to provide 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 centre access points such as Equinix in Sydney, CoreSite in San Jose and the Westin Building in Seattle,” Beck added.

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 USA.

“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,” said Anthony McLachlan, vice president and general manager — Asia Pacific, Ciena.