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Australia-Japan cable picks Ciena for upgrade

Australia-Japan cable picks Ciena for upgrade

Will add a total of 560Gbps of capacity to the subsea cable network

The Australia-Japan Cable is upgrading its subsea cable route and has signed networking vendor, Ciena, to help out.

The AJC has been active since 2001 and connects Sydney, Australia, and near Tokyo, Japan, through Guam using a 12,700km underwater fibre cable system.

The AJC was upgraded in March 2010 to bolster data capacity.

AAPT recently upgraded its network infrastructure with Ciena to prepare itself for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The AJC will be using Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with 40G technology along with software for the network expansion.

It will add a total of 560Gbps of capacity as well as add the ability for the cable system to scale to 100G wavelengths in the future.

“We selected Ciena after a stringent selection and trial process because of their demonstrable track record in deploying 40G Coherent solution for segments over 700km in reach,” AJC CEO, David Crofts, said in a statement.

“The ability to expeditiously augment AJC’s existing capacity plus support OTN services from day one also played a key role noting the continually increasing data volumes carried by AJC.”

Telstra, NTT, Communications Global Network Services, Worldcom and Softbank are the owners of AJC.


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