Southern Cross completes 100G expansion

Southern Cross Cable Network today announced the successful implementation of Ciena’s 100G transmission equipment across the entire Southern Cross network.

Ross Pfeffer, director, Sales and Marketing said, “The implementation of 100G technology is a major milestone in the ongoing expansion and enhancement of our 30,000km submarine network in continued support of the development of high-speed broadband in Australia and New Zealand.”

The 100G transmission equipment increases total lit capacity across our two cables to 2.6 Tbps. If deployed on all Southern Cross fibers, along with gridless optical networking, our potential capacity capability increases to 12Tbps, between Australia/New Zealand and the USA added Pfeffer.

“Retail broadband data caps have expanded dramatically on the back of current international capacity prices in both Australia and New Zealand with demand for capacity continuing to grow at around 35 to 40 per cent annually,” added Pfeffer.

Southern Cross first introduced the Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform in 2011, to future proof the network, support expanding demand and enable product enhancement. That decision has already paid dividends, enabling the transition of the network from 10G optics, to 40G in 2012, and now to 100G, while allowing the network capacity to be augmented without adding significant complexity.

“The Ciena platforms used by Southern Cross provide enhanced switching capability in support of our mesh-enabled submarine network architecture,” said Pfeffer.

“This reduces the risk of natural and man-made network disruptions, even under multi-failure conditions, and provides the platform on which the new generation of Southern Cross products is being developed, such as the recent introduction of 40Gbps OTN services, and the current development of 40GbE and 100GbE services added Pfeffer.

With direct connectivity to Southern Cross capacity now available from key Internet data centres such as Equinix in Sydney, CoreSite in San Jose, California and the Westin Building in Seattle, Washington (as well as our nine traditional cable stations), it is easier than ever for our customers to access high-capacity connectivity.”

Ciena’s vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Anthony McLachlan said, “Ciena’s 100G-based GeoMesh solutions enable leading service providers like Southern Cross to address global bandwidth needs, ensure network availability and quickly respond to changing traffic and service demands. Our WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors are well suited to the demanding distances required for Trans-Pacific links and help to minimize the need to deploy expensive new submarine cables.”

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