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Southern Cross Cable Network completes 100G expansion

Southern Cross Cable Network completes 100G expansion

Ciena’s 6500 platform will help meet demands of data networking services and traffic growth from Cloud computing, video and other high-bandwidth services.

Southern Cross Cable Network has completed its 100G expansion across its entire submarine network leveraging Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform.

Ciena’s 6500 platform will help Southern Cross meet demands of data networking services and traffic growth driven by Cloud computing, video and other high-bandwidth services. The network spans 30,000 km from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

Southern Cross sales and marketing director, Ross Pfeffer, said the implementation of 100G technology was a major milestone in the ongoing expansion and enhancement of its 30,000km submarine network in continued support of the development of high-speed broadband in Australia and New Zealand.

“The 100G transmission equipment increases total lit capacity across our two cables to 2.6Tbps. If deployed on all Southern Cross fibres, along with gridless optical networking, our potential capacity capability increases to 12Tbps, between Australia/New Zealand and USA,” Pfeffer said.

“Retail broadband data caps have expanded dramatically on the back of current international capacity prices in both Australia and New Zealand with demand for capacity continuing to grow at around 35 to 40 per cent annually.”

“Our deployment of this latest technology places Southern Cross in an even stronger position to stay well ahead of the demand growth resulting from Australia’s NBN and New Zealand’s UFB initiatives, and the growth associated with Cloud services and new content. “

Pfeffer said it began working with 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,” he said.

“With direct connectivity to Southern Cross capacity now available from key Internet data centres such as Equinix in Sydney, CoreSite in San Jose, California and the Westin Building in Seattle, Washington (as well as our nine traditional cable stations), it is easier than ever for our customers to access high-capacity connectivity.” The Southern Cross Cable Network is owned by Telecom NZ (50 per cent), Singtel-Optus (40 per cent) and Verizon Business (10 per cent).

Southern Cross Cable Network has offices in Bermuda, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington.

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