PCCW upgrades RNAL submarine cable with Ciena’s coherent 100G

PCCW Global, an operating division of Hong Kong’s HKT, will upgrade its RNAL submarine network with coherent 100-Gbps technology from Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN), the two companies reveal. RNAL spans approximately 9,800 km and connects Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

Jan 11th, 2012

PCCW Global, an operating division of Hong Kong’s HKT, will upgrade its RNAL submarine network with coherent 100-Gbps technology from Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN), the two companies reveal. RNAL spans approximately 9,800 km and connects Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

The carrier chose Ciena’s offering, based on its WaveLogic processors, after what Ciena describes as “a rigorous selection procedure.” The new capabilities will be lit on a ring of dark fibers on the RNAL Cable System to enable higher capacity on the path-resilient cable network, as well as interconnectivity with other regional and transpacific submarine cable systems.

Capabilities within the submarine network equipment will complement the existing network monitoring system, to enable PCCW Global to actively monitor the health and performance of its existing wet plant, including optical repeaters from third-party vendors, while optimizing signals in real time. The Ciena Specialist Services team will work closely with PCCW Global for accurate and timely completion of the design and implementation of the cable capacity upgrade.

According to Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global, “With this deployment, we are pleased to be the Asia-based early adopter in deploying coherent 100G technology on a submarine cable system. The network expansion will significantly enhance the capacity of our network, allowing us to better serve our customers and support the delivery of high-performance data networking services and traffic growth driven by smartphones, high definition video, and sophisticated enterprise connectivity applications such as cloud computing.”

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