Telecom Egypt deploys terrestrial, submarine optical mesh network

Telecom Egypt (te; Ticker: ETEL.CA; TEEG.LN) is deploying optical mesh network capabilities across its terrestrial and submarine network infrastructure. Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) says it has supplied its GeoMesh technology and packet-optical transport systems for the project, which will enhance te's fiber-optic network connections between the Mediterranean and Asia.

Telecom Egypt (te; Ticker: ETEL.CA; TEEG.LN) is deploying optical mesh network capabilities across its terrestrial and submarine network infrastructure. Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) says it has supplied its GeoMesh technology and packet-optical transport systems for the project, which will enhance te's fiber-optic network connections between the Mediterranean and Asia.

Telecom Egypt leverages its home country's access to both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to offer a wide range of international telecommunications services, including voice, data, dark fiber, colocation, and custom data offerings. The company connects more than 17 cable systems via seven diversified routes and five landing stages across the country.

The fiber network infrastructure upgrade should enable Telecom Egypt to improve service delivery for its wholesale carrier, service provider, internet content provider, and consortium customers. This includes the ability to deliver diverse data transit routes for international data center interconnect (DCI), disaster recovery, cloud-based services, and other high-capacity offerings.

Ciena says its GeoMesh technology will improve mesh restoration capabilities, and therefore increase the resiliency of its network. The company's 6500 and 5430 packet-optical platforms, meanwhile, will provide high capacity and provisioning flexibility for Optical Transport Network (OTN), virtual private networks (VPN), optical VPN, and Ethernet services.

"Ciena's technology and mesh network give us a real advantage, ensuring greater reliability and efficiencies," predicted Tamer Gadalla, managing director and CEO of Telecom Egypt. "With Ciena enabling more granular high-bandwidth services our customers can evolve their networks and transition to a much wider suite of resilient, scalable connectivity options. Telecom Egypt is also ready to embrace upcoming technologies, like network functions virtualization (NFV)."

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