Pacnet provides 100G wave services between Asia-Pacific and United States

Asia-Pacific service provider Pacnet says it has successfully deployed an optical mesh network with 100-Gbps technology on its EAC Pacific fiber-optic cable system between Asia and the United States. Pacnet can now offer its carrier and enterprise customers 10-Gbps, 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps services between Asia-Pacific and the U.S.

Oct 31st, 2013

Asia-Pacific service provider Pacnet says it has successfully deployed an optical mesh network with 100-Gbps technology on its EAC Pacific fiber-optic cable system between Asia and the United States. Pacnet can now offer its carrier and enterprise customers 10-Gbps, 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps services between Asia-Pacific and the U.S.

Pacnet’s 100G network upgrade is a move to address the increasingly growing demand for bandwidth throughout the Asia-Pacific region and all over the world. In 2017, global IP traffic is expected to reach 1.4 zettabytes per year, or 120.6 exabytes per month, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% from 2012 to 2017. IP traffic in Asia-Pacific will reach 43.4 exabytes per month by 2017, at a CAGR of 26%.

“We are the first carrier to support 100G service between Asia and the United States,” says Andy Lumsden, chief technology officer of Pacnet. “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.”

The new backbone integrates optical undersea cable infrastructure and terrestrial backhaul links supporting pure packet transport technology and Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching in the optical core, enhancing Pacnet’s capability to offer customers a seamless set of network services between its inventory of interconnected data centers located in 14 cities across Asia-Pacific.

The upgrade supports both Ethernet and OTN interfaces at a location, allowing flexible selection of whether to multiplex, scale up and down, amplify, groom, optically express, or switch individual data streams. Pacnet says that the customers can enjoy improved quality of service without increasing the cost of ownership.

As well as EAC Pacific, Pacnet also owns and operates EAC-C2C, Asia’s largest privately owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, which spans 9620 km across the Pacific Ocean and was upgraded to 100G earlier this year (see “Pacnet plans 100G, OTN upgrade for EAC-C2C subsea network”).

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