According to Ciena, the Europe India Gateway (EIG) submarine cable system has been upgraded with additional 24.3Tbps capacity, deploying with  Ciena’s  GeoMesh solution, powered by WaveLogic Ai coherent optics. The upgrade allows EIG to utilize flexible, express wavelengths, also known as optical bypass, to reduce operational costs as well as space and power requirements while improving reliability. 

Ready for Service in February 2011, the EIG cable system is a 15,000km international fiber optic submarine cable system that links 12 countries across 3 continents, including the United Kingdom, Portugal, Gibraltar, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates and India. The EIG consortium consists of 16 telecommunications carriers. As one of the primary data connections between India and Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the EIG transports significant quantities of data between consumers and businesses.

EIG Cable System

There was an upgrade on the EIG cable system in 2015, to enhance its capacity as this connectivity route is a key to meeting the growing and varied business needs of organisations operating across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and India. The upgrade was deployed with Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution and the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. Upon completion of the EIG upgrade in 2015, the EIG cable system was able to seamlessly offer 10G and 100G services. 

The EIG upgrade in 2020 is deploying with Ciena’s GeoMesh solution, powered by WaveLogic Ai coherent optics, which offers EIG new levels of flexibility, the lowest cost per transported bit, and the ability to meet unpredictable traffic demands. The upgrade adds 24.3 Tb/s of information carrying capacity to the EIG cable, with a spectral efficiency increase of 52 percent, in comparison to previous technology. With WaveLogic Ai, the EIG cable system can transport up to 400Gb/s per wavelength, driving more capacity per channel at longer distances.