Eastern Light shines Ciena GeoMesh on submarine networks

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) says it will supply its GeoMesh technology to Eastern Light for use in submarine network systems the Swedish service provider is building to connect Northern Europe.

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) says it will supply its GeoMesh technology to Eastern Light for use in submarine network systems the Swedish service provider is building to connect Northern Europe.

Eastern Light plans to develop an international undersea cable ring that will connect the Nordic region with high-capacity routes. "Eastern Light's focus is selling long-haul dark fiber in the Nordic region, and as a part of this we have made it our mission to make it as simple as possible for our customers to 'light up' their own dark fibers," explains Svante Jurnell, CEO and founder of Eastern Light. "Ciena has been a trusted technology partner for Eastern Light throughout the project's development. By adopting a turnkey solution from Ciena, we've ensured that we can provide our customers with accurate capacity statements and network optimization."

The first submarine cable route, which will link Stockholm with Hanko, Helsinki, and Kotka in Finland, is already under construction (see "Equinix partners with Eastern Light for Sweden-Finland submarine cable"). The submarine network features a cable route designed to be geographically separated from and shorter than existing cables in the region. Eastern Light expects the undersea system to appeal to local and global operators, global cloud operators, and internet content providers (ICPs) interested in secure, reliable, and diverse connectivity.

The GeoMesh open architecture will leverage Ciena's 6500 packet-optical platform.

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