The Trans Pacific Express cable network (TPE) consortium is significantly increasing the capacity on its 17,968 km international submarine cable system to address bandwidth demands driven by growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Ciena is providing TPE with a multi-terabit upgrade using its GeoMesh submarine solution, including its new WaveLogic coherent optical processors&rsquo…
The Trans Pacific Express cable network (TPE) consortium is significantly increasing the capacity on its 17,968 km international submarine cable system to address bandwidth demands driven by growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Ciena is providing TPE with a multi-terabit upgrade using its GeoMesh submarine solution, including its new WaveLogic coherent optical processors’ capabilities, to more than triple the capacity of TPE, as compared to the original design capacity when it first went into service in 2008.
• TPE is a submarine telecommunications cable linking Mainland of China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and the United States. The system is a joint venture originated between multiple telecommunications companies—China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Korea Telecom, NTT Communications and Verizon.
• TeleGeography forecasts demand for trans-Pacific capacity to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34 percent per year in the five years 2015-2020, to a total of 76 Tb/s (almost six times the 2014 capacity).
• Ciena’s GeoMesh integrated submarine and terrestrial solution, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by Ciena’s unique new WaveLogic 3 8D-2QAM modulation and Flexible Grid photonic layer will increase the capacity of TPE, including a segment longer than 11,000 km, maximizing the useful lifetime and profitability of the system.
• Ciena's GeoMesh submarine solutions provide an OPn® network architecture that enables programmable and scalable network designs and a foundation for software-defined submarine networks. It also enables dynamic network provisioning and opportunities to differentiate service providers and cable operators—from bandwidth-on-demand, to circuits-on-demand, dynamic spectrum-on-demand, new client interfaces, and much more.
• “This network enhancement will substantially enhance TPE’s ability to provide high bandwidth for the growing Internet traffic and applications such as video and e-commerce. Ciena is working with submarine consortia and service providers worldwide to provide scalable and programmable architectures that increase the ultimate capacity of their existing network assets while enhancing their agility and flexibility.”
Ed McCormack, Vice President and General Manager of Submarine Systems, Ciena
• At the Pacific Telecommunications Council PTC'15 conference, taking place January 18-21 in Honolulu, Ciena leaders will present on a number of topics, including SDN/NFV, big data analytics and new methods to increase submarine capacity.
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