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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 01:42

Southern Cross Cables deploys Ciena GeoMesh Extreme

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Southern Cross Cables Network has significantly enhanced the scale, programmability and intelligence of its network by deploying Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai tunable coherent optics and the 6500 T-series solutions.

Southern Cross Cables’ deployment of Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution is the first subsea deployment of WaveLogic Ai over compensated cable and includes the first deployment of 200Gbps wavelengths between Sydney and Auckland.

According to Southern Cross, Ciena has been deployed to address skyrocketing customer demands for connectivity on its network, fuelled by cloud, HD video, internet of things (IoT) and more.

Southern Cross — jointly owned by telcos Spark NZ (50%), Singtel-Optus (40%) and Verizon Business (10%) — says the functionality of Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai allows it to monitor links in real-time, so it can determine the ideal capacity for each channel across any path – and also provides massive scalability by allowing an additional 6.4Tbps of wavelength expansion across its subsea and terrestrial networks.

And Southern Cross’ existing programmable infrastructure is further enhanced with the introduction of the Ciena 6500 T-Series platform that scales to 24Tbps OTN switching capacity for efficient traffic grooming and includes Ciena’s advanced multi-layer control plane software to maximise network resiliency.

In addition, Southern Cross’ utilisation of Ciena’s Blue Planet Manage, Control, and Plan (MCP) software for improved network visibility through real-time software control, along with big data analytics and advanced network functionality through the Ciena Network Health Predictor, Performance Portal and Blue Planet V-WAN services, underpin its position as a self-promoted “one of the most flexible, and customer responsive submarine cable providers in the world”.

“Our customers’ needs are changing almost daily as they move towards the cloud and larger web-scale data flows, particularly between continents,” said Southern Cross Cable network director of marketing and sales, Craige Sloots.

“Ciena’s technology not only boosts the capacity of our Southern Cross undersea cable, but also adds a level of intelligence and service capability that is unmatched in submarine cable networks anywhere in the world. Southern Cross’ success is driven by our focus on flexibility and service, and our partnership with Ciena allows us to adapt the network as required to proactively manage and grow with changing user demands.”

Southern Cross says it is already using its multi-path network and Ciena upgrades to minimise the impact of network incidents and planned work on its customers by proactively switching customers to other paths or ramping capacity up or down as required, reducing disruption and keeping customers connected – “a capability that is simply unachievable on simpler, single path solutions”.  

Ciena says its technology has now added a combined 39Tbps of wavelength capacity across the various segments of the network during its history of working with Southern Cross.

“Southern Cross Cables is setting a new industry benchmark by creating a more intelligent and programmable network that can adapt and quickly respond to dynamic customer demands,” said Rick Seeto, Ciena’s vice-president and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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