Southern Cross Completes 100G Upgrade with Ciena's Solution

Southern Cross Cable Network announced Tuesday the successful implementation of Ciena’s 100G solution across the entire Southern Cross Cable network, upgrading its total lit capacity to 2.6Tbps and potential system capacity to 12Tbps, between Australia/New Zealand and the USA.


Southern Cross Cable Network

The 30,500 km Southern Cross Cable Network offers protected dual routes between Australia/New Zealand and the USA, with 3 fiber pairs between Sydney and Hawaii and 4 fiber pairs between Hawaii and the US West Coast in both cables and the latency is less than 160ms from Sydney to San Jose.

With Australia’s NBN (National Broadband Network) and New Zealand’s UFB (Ultra-fast Broadband) initiatives, the demand for international capacity in both Australia and New Zealand grows at around 35 to 40 per cent annually. The 100G expansion will ensure that Southern Cross remains in a position to cost-effectively support demand growth for many years.

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 mesh-enabled submarine network architecture. 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.

Ciena’s 100G-based GeoMesh solutions enable leading service providers to address global bandwidth needs, ensure network availability and quickly respond to changing traffic and service demands. Ciena's WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors are well suited to the demanding distances required for Trans-Pacific links and help to minimise the need to deploy expensive new submarine cables. 

Ciena has just helped NTT/PCL successfully upgrade the PC-1 network with 100G solution. The 100G upgrade of Southern Cross Cable Network further demonstrates Ciena's leading position in offering 100G solutions for ultra-long distance submarine cable systems. So far, the 100G solution seems fine for a span distance of more than 10,000 km.

Comments (1)
1Sunday, 02 April 2017 09:40
Dear Sir,

There is tender of 1200 km submarine cable system, would you like to participate in the tender as our consortium partner or would you like to engage us as you consultant for this project?

We are submarine cable system consultant in India.

I (Praveen Saxena, the Director of Neeru Consultant) have brought India's fist Optical Fiber and Cable plant in the year 1988, in collaboration with Furukawa Electric Company Japan at Optel Telecommunications Ltd, it had technology transfer from Fujitsu for manufacturing PDH equipment's.

I have brought another OFC plant with indigenous technology for Sterlite Industries (Now Vedanta) 1992-97. I was vice president Aksh Opti Fiber 1997-99, I was adviser to RPG Cables Karnataka 2002-03,

Joined Reliance Nextlink in 2004 as core member for Operation and Maintenance of Outside Plant (100,000 km long Terrestrial Cable system) here we were required to seek ROW approval every now and then for repairs. During this period I was involved in installation of 2 length of Submarine Optical Fiber Cable connecting Versova Landing station of Reliance to BU on Flag Telecom cable connecting VSNL gateway. For this I was involved in activities of seeking approvals for building landing station and for laying of 2 submarine cable systems in sea, including MOHA approvals, ship anchoring and landing permissions.

From Reliance Nextlink I was posted in London at Flag Telecom, Heathrow Office. I was the team member of Flag for implementation of Falcon Submarine Cable System project. I was responsible for Quality control, Factory inspection /acceptance testing of all products required for 12,000 km long submarine cable system, such as 40 SLTE/DWDM equipment's, 140 Optical Repeaters (Amplifiers), 26 PFE- Power Feeding Equipments, 16 BU-Branching Units, 16 Tilt Equalizers, more than 12,000 km all type submarine cables and many more equipment's. I have tested 9 integrated cable segments in factory and after loading on ship. I was also responsible for installation, commissioning and approval of few landing stations and cable system (Versova Mumbai, Reliance Trivandrum, Ad-Mam-Saudi Arabia, Al Gaida -Yemen etc). I was also involved in Repair and maintenance of Submarine Cables. I got the exposure of DTS and other activities of the project

From 2007 to 2011I was at Reliance Globalcom Mumbai, for Facilities Management of all landing stations and cable system all across the Globe. I got one data centre installed for Googal in Flag France facilities. And one for Telestra at London.

I was consultant to ANIIDCO (Andaman and Nicobar Islands Intigrated Development Corporation) for the same project (Chennai to Andaman and Nicobar Islands connectivity) for which BSNL is floating the tender. In-fact I was the first person to develop project report and tender document for this project.

We (Neeru Consultat) has participated in TCIL (Telecom Consultants India Ltd) tender for DTS / implementation of the same project.

I assure We could be strong technical partner to follow up the tender and win the tender.

Best Regards

Praveen Saxena
Neeru Consultant
B513 Om Enclave Ananatpura, Kota,
India 324005
Tel No +917442490214, +919166886294
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