Kodiak Kenai Cable installs Infinera SLTE to upgrade Alaskan subsea optical network

Kodiak Kenai Cable Co., LLC (KKCC), a subsidiary of Old Harbor Native Corporation, has deployed Infinera’s (NASDAQ: INFN) DTN-based Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE). KKCC has used the SLTE to upgrade its optical network, which spans approximately 1,000 km throughout the state of Alaska.

Kodiak Kenai Cable Co., LLC (KKCC), a subsidiary of Old Harbor Native Corporation, has deployed Infinera’s (NASDAQ: INFN) DTN-based Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE; see "Infinera Submarine Solutions adds features to submarine line terminating equipment"). KKCC has used the SLTE to upgrade its optical network, which spans approximately 1,000 km throughout Alaska.

KKCC operates Kodiak Kenai Fiber Link (KKFL), a submarine fiber-optic telecommunications system connecting Kodiak Island and the Kenai Peninsula with Anchorage. The network runs from Seward down to Narrow Cape and back up to Anchorage, servicing 10% of Alaska’s population. KKFL provides access for broadband services to carriers, businesses, schools, and government institutions, including Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation and the nation’s largest Coast Guard base on Kodiak Island.

According to Brian Kincaid, KKCC COO, “After carefully considering all the options, we chose Infinera because we were very impressed with their photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology, and their systems were easy to install, configure, and manage through their advanced EMS system.”

KKCC installed Infinera’s SLTE for its legacy undersea network that includes a repeaterless span of 377 km. Infinera asserts the current network will be able to scale to meet KKCC’s bandwidth needs both today and in the future.

Infinera says its DTN as SLTE provides a set of application-optimized features for upgrading submarine cable networks, including:

  • Support for trans-oceanic optical transmission
  • Low-cost and low-latency full-band dispersion compensation optimized for reduced size
  • Integrated low-cost terrestrial backhaul and submarine network inter-connection
  • Undersea cable connectivity equipment optimized for operating over existing cable systems.

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