Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) says that it will supply its GeoMesh Extreme optical transport line for an upgrade to the Hawaiki submarine cable system. The 15,000-km Hawaiki transpacific undersea cable links Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and the United States. It began commercial service this past July, but is getting a capacity upgrade nevertheless.
The system has an initial capacity of 43.8 Tbps. Addition of the GeoMesh technology will increase capacity to 67 Tbps. Ciena says it will supply its 6500 Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE) and Waveserver Ai platform, both of which leverage the company’s WaveLogic Ai coherent ASIC. Ciena also will provide its Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software.
“As the provider of the largest and fastest link between Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., we recognize our customers’ need for innovative capacity solutions that support a shorter time-to-market and improved revenue generation,” said Remi Galasso, Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP CEO. “Our collaboration with Ciena will allow us to both scale our infrastructure with minimal operational complications and meet market requirements for greater connectivity and diversity across the Pacific.”
TE SubCom (which is in the process of being sold to Cerberus Capital Management) deployed the Hawaiki submarine cable (see, for example, "Transpacific Hawaiki Cable remains on track for 2018 completion"). Initial customers include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Vodafone, and REANNZ.
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