The Southern Cross Cable Network has unveiled it aims to utilise the WaveLogic 3 platform from US-based telecommunications networking equipment company, Ciena, to add an additional 500 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to its two Trans-Pacific cables by July 2014.
Southern Cross owns and operates a Trans-Pacific submarine cable network connecting Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii to the US West Coast, providing carrier-neutral services to carriers, Internet and content service providers.
According to Southern Cross president and chief executive officer (CEO), Fiona Beck, the expansion is the company’s largest to date, increasing its total lit capacity across the two cables from 2.6 terabits per second (Tbps) to 3.6Tbps.
It will be underpinned by Ciena’s flexible grid and WaveLogic optical technologies which, according to Southern Cross, will push its potential capacity capability to 12Tbps.
The move follows Southern Cross’ successful implementation of Ciena’s 100Gbps solution across its 30,000km network in July last year. The company also deployed an additional 200Gbps along all its segments in October, and began offering 40GbE services in November.
“The introduction of Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to our network in 2011 allowed us to move from 10G optics to 40G, and then to 100G in July 2013,” Beck said. “At the time, the implementation of a mesh-enabled submarine network architecture increased the resilience of our services significantly, reducing the risk of natural and man-made network disruptions, even under multi-failure conditions.”
“In 2014, we will introduce 100GbE service along with the seamless integration of our key Internet datacentre access points, such as Equinix in Sydney, CoreSite in San Jose, and the Westin Building in Seattle.”