The AAE-1 Consortium and Xtera Communications announced on Monday the signature of a supply contract for equipping the three terrestrial segments in  Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

The AAE-1 submarine cable system, scheduled for completion in 2016, is one of the largest consortium cable projects currently under way, extending some 25,000 kilometers and connecting Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and Europe.

AAE-1 Design

The AAE-1 Network is designed with three terrestrial segments, innovative configuration for short latency:

  • Crossing of Egypt to connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas.
  • Crossing of the Thailand peninsula to minimize the latency for the landing sites situated east of Thailand.  The traditional network configuration is to get around the Thailand peninsula, off Singapore, by a sea route, making longer the transmission path and increasing the network latency for connection between, e.g., Hong Kong and Middle East; the innovative AAE-1 network configuration reduces this route length and the associated latency.
  • Crossing of Malaysia to connect the cable landing station north of Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.  The traditional network configuration is to land a subsea cable in Singapore; AAE-1 network offers a physically-different solution for connecting Singapore to the rest of the world.  Another innovation brought by the AAE-1 network is the fact that this terrestrial Malaysia–Singapore segment will directly terminate in two separate data centers in Singapore.

Xtera will equip the AAE-1 terrestrial segments in Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore with its Wise RamanTM optical amplification and flex-rate channel card technologies, enabling 200G channels over long distances, supporting minimum 18 Tbit/s cross-sectional capacity per fiber pair.

The Malaysia–Singapore terrestrial segment will directly terminate in two separate data centers in Singapore.

The AAE-1 consortium members include China Unicom, CIL, Djibouti Telecom, Etisalat, GT5L, Mobily, Omantel, Ooredoo, OTEGLOBE, PCCW Global, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Reliance Jio, Retelit, Tele Yemen, Telecom Egypt, TOT, Viettel, VTC and VNPT.

The vision shared by all AAE-1 parties is to build a seamless connection between Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe to meet insatiable capacity needs.

The AAE-1 Network is designed to offer an efficient use of capacity in both subsea and terrestrial segments with high availability and low latency to fulfill this vision.

“We are proud to be part of a cable system initiative that will provide additional empowerment for the economies of all the nations along its route. When completed before the end of this year, the AAE-1 network will connect Hong Kong (SAR of China), Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France,” said Mr. Joseph Chan and Ms. Pan Ying, Co-chairs of AAE-1 Management Committee.

"The terrestrial routes across Thailand represent a unique network design feature and will reduce latency between South East Asia and India/Africa/Europe.” Xtera offers a future-proof solution based on its advanced Nu-Wave OptimaTM optical networking platform combining 200G coherent technology, Wise RamanTM optical amplification solution, and fast protection switching.

Each terrestrial segment is made of two physically diverse routes supporting minimum 18 Tbit/s cross-sectional capacity per fiber pair. Xtera’s flex-rate channel card features integrated service protection, offering fast 50 ms protection switching and enabling 99.999% service availability.

“Serving insatiable capacity needs, the terrestrial segments in AAE-1 submarine cable system need to maximize the capacity per fiber pair with a high level of reliability. This is exactly what our innovative optical networking solutions offer and we are excited to be part of this deployment”, said Jon Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Xtera. “Our Nu-Wave OptimaTM optical networking platform uses the latest coherent optical technology to offer the level of capacity and reach performances required for long-haul data center interconnect. Also offered is a high level of flexibility at the equipment level so that service providers can seamlessly face unplanned capacity demands with minimal time to market and additional investment.”

Source: Xtera