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Lighting up additional wavelengths in the L-band, C+L repeater technology to be utilized in contracted system scheduled for 2018 activation

EATONTOWN, N.J., January 11, 2017TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced that it has begun manufacturing of C+L optical transmission technology, a significant advancement for cable system operators seeking ultra-wide, low-latency transmission. C+L technology effectively doubles the available bandwidth and capacity per fiber pair. A second length of Erbium-doped fiber in the undersea repeaters provides amplification and support for wavelengths on the long wavelength side of the traditional C-band for telecommunications applications. While an evolutionary step in fiber-based amplification technology, C+L technology, which TE SubCom is currently manufacturing for a contracted system that is scheduled for activation in 2018, provides a revolutionary step in available fiber and undersea cable transmission capacity. 

For example, a transatlantic cable using eight fiber pairs equipped with C+L technology can carry an unprecedented capacity of up to 325 terabits per second. This massive transmission capacity results in an extremely low cost per transported bit and represents an exceptional value to cable operators. Furthermore, C+L’s efficient use of fiber bandwidth and the subsequent limited number of fiber pairs required for transmission capacity, enable the cable itself to remain a compact and cost-effective design. 

“This is a significant milestone for our company as we believe we’re providing our customers with the bandwidth and capacity that they need to power today’s networks, within a system that is reliable, cost-effective and ready for implementation,” said Neal Bergano, vice president and chief technology officer, TE SubCom. 

About TE SubCom

TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. As a vertically integrated supplier, SubCom designs, manufactures, deploys, and maintains the industry’s most reliable fiber optic cable systems. Its solutions include long-haul and regional systems, repeaterless networks, capacity upgrades, offshore oil and gas, and scientific research applications. SubCom brings end-to-end network knowledge and global experience to support on-time delivery and the needs of customers worldwide. To date, the company has deployed more than 100 cable systems and enough subsea communication cable to circle the globe 15 times at the equator. For more information, visit  

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $12 billion global technology leader. Our commitment to innovation enables advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. TE’s unmatched breadth of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest of environments, helps build a safer, greener, smarter and more connected world. With 75,000 people – including more than 7,000 engineers – working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, we help ensure that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS -   


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HAMILTON, Bermuda & HANOVER, Md.--()--Southern Cross Cable Network, a leading supplier of international capacity to service providers in Australia and New Zealand, is leveraging Ciena’s (NYSE: CIEN) Blue Planet V-WAN to support its recently introduced Gigaflex Elastic bandwidth-on-demand capability that makes trans-Pacific connectivity more accessible for its customers. This allows Southern Cross to flexibly and dynamically provide on-demand virtual network capabilities that enable its customers to quickly provision high-speed, high-capacity network resources whenever they need them. For example, a large enterprise customer can schedule an increase in service bandwidth in anticipation of a major event or during peak demand, and then decommission the connection once the event has concluded, and only pay for actual usage.

Key Facts:

  • Southern Cross Cable Network owns and operates a trans-Pacific submarine cable network connecting Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii to the mainland United States, and has recently announced the start of the Southern Cross NEXT program, adding a third, high capacity, low latency route, to Southern Cross’ existing highly resilient network eco-system. Ciena’s solutions allow Southern Cross to introduce new bandwidth-on-demand services to customers requiring short duration connectivity across the Pacific.
  • Ciena’s Blue Planet V-WAN connects Southern Cross data centers on the U.S. West Coast —Seattle, Portland, San Jose, and Los Angeles — to those in Sydney (Australia), Fiji and Hawaii as well as Auckland (New Zealand), allowing Southern Cross to offer a complete end-to-end connectivity solution for customers who have changing trans-Pacific demands. Southern Cross can also quickly launch highly differentiated services complete with customer-facing portals and service delivery node control, that allow for broadened revenue streams and the ability to meet end-customers’ traffic demands.
  • The Southern Cross Gigaflex elastic solution is based around the industry-leading Ciena Blue Planet V-WAN and software, as well as the 5400 and 8700 Packetwave platforms, providing a next-generation software and hardware architecture. Southern Cross is also utilizing Ciena’s network management solution that provides multi-layer network monitoring, rapid and efficient service turn up, and troubleshooting. Southern Cross also benefits from Ciena’s professional services team, which provides hands-on support to help facilitate the introduction of these capabilities into the network operational environment.

Executive Comments:

  • “At Southern Cross, our goal is to lead the industry by providing innovative, reliable and fast bandwidth across the Pacific to carriers and internet service providers. By partnering with Ciena, we have achieved another significant industry milestone. Our new Gigaflexelastic bandwidth-on-demand capability is our first entrance into the SDN arena and in what we believe to be another world first for a pure submarine cable operator, and helps augment Southern Cross’ existing portfolio of lease and IRU capacity products.”
    Craige Sloots, Director Marketing & Strategy, Southern Cross
  • “With Ciena’s Blue Planet V-WAN, Southern Cross is taking a leadership position in driving new on-demand business models. Ciena’s solutions provide greater control of their network capacity allocation, and the ability to handle demand schedules that require flexibility. For customers who have short-term, high-capacity, and low-latency demands, this flexibility is a must and a key competitive advantage for Southern Cross.”
    Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena

About Southern Cross

Southern Cross Cable Network provides fast, direct, and secure international bandwidth from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the heart of the Internet in the USA. The Southern Cross Cable Network comprises two submarine communications cables which were first commissioned in November 2000 and January 2001, and has a current potential capacity of 20Tbs. They provide Australasian broadband users with international connections to the US West coast where global Internet hubs are located. The Southern Cross Cable Network is owned by Telecom NZ (50%), Singtel-Optus (40%) and Verizon Business (10%). The Southern Cross NEXT project will be a third high capacity express route, providing data-centre connectivity between Sydney, Auckland, and Los Angeles, and is on target for completion in 2019. Southern Cross Cable Network has offices in Bermuda, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington. For more information visit Southern Cross at:

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By Vina Krishnan, TelecomLead

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and Nokia Bell Labs have achieved 65 Terabit-per-second transmission capacity — over a 6,600 km single mode fiber.

The Nokia-owned technology company hopes that the lab trial’s record transmission using submarine grade dual band erbium doped fiber amplifiers will help extend the capability of transoceanic cable systems to meet data traffic demand.

The trial used Probabilistic Constellation Shaping (PCS) technology by Bell Labs with a new modulation technique to maximize the distance and capacity of high-speed transmission in optical networks.

Traditional techniques have all constellation symbols transmitting together with PCS for non-uniform transmission of constellation symbols by reducing the occurrence of high power symbols and providing resilience to noise and other impairments alongside adapting to changing conditions.


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Sunnyvale, Calif. – November 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. EST USA – Infinera, a provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced a number of new platforms within the award winning DTN-X Family designed to power cloud scale networks. With this announcement, Infinera is ushering in the next generation of Intelligent Transport Network architecture that blends the best of web scale technologies with the best of telco-grade technologies, yielding over 50 percent better total cost of ownership (TCO) over conventional networks. Infinera announced two new platforms, the XT-3300 and the XT-3600 meshponders, as well as significant upgrades to the XTC-4 and XTC-10 Packet Optical Transport Node (P-OTN) platforms. Infinera also announced the MTC-6 FlexILS chassis and 20-port super-channel Flexible Grid Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer (FlexROADM), a key element within one of the most widely deployed flexible grid open line systems.

New cloud-based applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), XaaS, video and virtual reality are driving a growing amount of bandwidth across service provider subsea, long-haul, metro and data center interconnect (DCI) networks. As cloud infrastructure expands and networks migrate to a new architecture of Layer C (Cloud Services) and Layer T (Intelligent Transport), service providers need their Layer T networks to adapt to new traffic flows and to support smooth scale-out expansion. These cloud scale networks allow service providers to efficiently address both large N x 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) linear connectivity requirements driven by web scale operators as well as the diverse mesh connectivity requirements driven by more traditional telco enterprise and residential customers. To meet these requirements, service providers need cloud scale networks that are:

  • Scalable and sliceable – multi-carrier super-channel technology delivering massive bandwidth per optical engine along with the ability to use software defined networking (SDN) control to independently tune, modulate and route each wavelength
  • Integrated and disaggregated – integrated dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) and switching platforms working in harmony with disaggregated server-like platforms to build the most cost effective networks possible
  • Secure and open – completely open and programmable solutions while featuring in-flight line-rate encryption and other critical security features

The DTN-X Family platforms now integrate the ground-breaking Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine featuring the Advanced Coherent Toolkit. The new server-like DTN-X XT-3300 and XT-3600 are the industry’s first meshponder platforms, which combine sliceable photonics and muxponder functionality to deliver hyper-scalability up to 2.4 terabits per second (Tb/s) along with fine-grained granularity for optical mesh networks. The server-like small form factor meshponder platforms, developed from experiences in the web scale market, seamlessly interoperate with the chassis-based DTN-X XTC switching platforms.


The Infinera DTN-X XTC-4 and XTC-10 platforms have been upgraded to support 1.2 Tb/s per slot and more than double the switching and transmission capacity through non-disruptive, in-service upgrades. The new DWDM modules, powered by the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine, co-exist with the deployed modules thereby offering complete investment protection. The DTN-X XTC now offers up to 12 Tb/s of non-blocking switching capacity and unlike competitive systems, have no tradeoffs between client side tributary capacity and line side capacity.

The Infinera FlexILS open line system, which supports over 50 Tb/s of fiber capacity, takes super-channels from the DTN-X platforms and routes wavelengths to the appropriate destination for flexible optical mesh networking. The new 20-port super-channel FlexROADM supports flexible grid super-channels with single-channel granularity and full CDC (colorless, directionless, contentionless) functionality while using six times fewer fibers than conventional ROADMs. FlexILS now includes the new compact MTC-6 chassis and is fully open and interoperable with Infinera and third-party terminals.

All of the new capabilities in the FlexILS and DTN-X Family are controlled by the Xceed Software Suite and managed by Infinera’s Digital Network Administrator (DNA). This comprehensive software portfolio enables service providers to simply and easily optimize the network including keeping traffic at the optical layer longer and only grooming and switching when necessary.

By bringing these capabilities into the next generation unified Intelligent Transport Network and supporting the migration to cloud scale networks, service providers can dramatically decrease TCO by over 50 percent through reduced equipment, power and space consumption.

“Windstream is one of the fastest growing providers of advanced network communications in the US,” said Buddy Bayer, Senior Vice President, Transport Engineering at Windstream. “As we expand our fiber transport network routes in the US, we rely on networking solutions that can be easily upgraded like the FlexILS which provides an open line system and the new 20 port ROADM capabilities. With an existing DTN-X deployment, we look forward to the new multi-terabit Infinite Capacity Engine based modules and platforms to power Windstream’s cloud scale network.”

“As we expand and build our long-haul and metro networks serving over 1,200 customers in 80 countries, we look to partner with Infinera to operate highly scalable and flexible transport networks,” said Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist at Telia Carrier. “We are delighted with the array of products Infinera has announced. There are excellent solutions that can address the tremendous growth in demand for 100G services driven by our Internet Content Provider customers. In addition, the seamless upgrades to higher capacity in the DTN-X XTC platforms protect the investments we’ve already made in our network.”

“Infinera is transforming transport networks to be open and cloud scale,” said Dr. Dave Welch, Infinera Co-founder and President. “We are bringing the power of web scale to service provider networking with the unified architecture of meshponders and multi-terabit switches managed by a common, open control layer. The upgraded DTN-X Family and the new CDC FlexROADM deliver a new architecture that enables network operators to cost effectively provide scalable and secure end-user services. This architecture demonstrates Infinera’s commitment to innovation to enable our customers to build the next generation cloud scale infrastructure.”

“Infinera continues to innovate in optical networking with industry firsts,” said Tim Doiron, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking, at ACG Research. “The Infinite Capacity Engine integrated into the DTN-X Family brings massive multi-terabit capacity in an industry leading footprint to build cloud scale networks. With fully tunable, programmable, 100 Gigabit bandwidth slices and SDN control, service providers can dynamically and instantly modify their networks to match bandwidth demands with business imperatives. The Infinite Capacity Engine’s multi-terabit wire-speed Layer 1 encryption technology provides an important and scalable layer of network security for service providers.”

The MTC-6 FlexILS open line system chassis is shipping now. The XT-3300 platform is planned for availability in the first quarter of 2017 with the other platforms to follow starting in the second quarter of 2017.

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About Infinera Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) provides Intelligent Transport Networks, enabling carriers, cloud operators, governments and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and simplify optical network operations. Infinera’s end-to-end packet-optical portfolio is designed for long-haul, subsea, data center interconnect and metro applications. Infinera’s unique large scale photonic integrated circuits enable innovative optical networking solutions for the most demanding networks. To learn more about Infinera visit, follow us on Twitter @Infinera and read our latest blog posts at

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This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to the economic and technical benefits of using Infinera products. These statements are not guarantees of results and should not be considered as an indication of future activity or future performance. Actual results may vary materially from these expectations as a result of various risks and uncertainties. Information about these risks and uncertainties, and other risks and uncertainties that affect Infinera’s business, is contained in the risk factors section and other sections of Infinera’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 24, 2016 as filed with the SEC on November 1, 2016, as well subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC. These reports are available on Infinera’s website at and the SEC’s website at Infinera assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

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8QAM Technology Increases Capacity of AEConnect by 50 Per Cent While Providing Greater Spectral Efficiency and Reach

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwired - Oct 5, 2016) -  Aqua Comms Limited ("Aqua Comms"), a provider of scalable, subsea capacity-based network solutions, today announces it has successfully completed a trial of Ciena's® (NYSE: CIEN) WaveLogic 3 Extreme transmission technology on America-Europe Connect ("AEConnect"), its high-capacity, transatlantic subsea cable network that connects New York to London via Dublin. This test confirms that Ciena's 150 Gb/s per wavelength 8QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) technology will increase the capacity of Aqua Comm's submarine network by 50 per cent, while providing greater spectral efficiency and reach over vast transoceanic distances.

Key Facts:

  • A reliable, coherent-optimised subsea cable system, AEConnect interconnects metro networks and is designed to address the rise in transatlantic data centre interconnectivity (DCI) market demands. Subsequently, Aqua Comms has incorporated the most important data centre locations in New York, Dublin, and London as key Points of Presence (PoPs) in its network.
  • A key benefit of the 150 Gb/s 8QAM technology is the ability to provide high-capacity DCI, which is instrumental in serving Aqua Comms' on-demand, application-centric customers. 8QAM enables 50 percent additional capacity per channel with 150 Gb/s per wavelength.
  • AEConnect will initially support 13Tbps (130 x 100 Gbps), however, with the introduction of more advanced modulations, including 8QAM, this will continue to increase. In addition to its capacity, AEConnect is designed to provide the most secure and reliable transatlantic cable system in existence. On both the U.S. and European sides, the cable transverses the minimum length of shallow water along the Continental shelf and avoids major fishing grounds and shipping anchorage areas that are known to expose subsea cables to damage. Additional armouring and deeper burial were also obtained to further mitigate potential vulnerability.
The successful trial of 150 Gb/s per wavelength 8QAM follows the recent proof of concept of Ciena's WaveLogic Encryption solution, demonstrating the ability to safeguard all data at the optical layer on AEConnect, as well as its network expansion utilizing Ciena's GeoMeshsolution and 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogic 3 Extreme coherent optics, for highly flexible, low-latency and reliable international connectivity.

Executive Comments:

  • "Ciena's submarine leadership combined with their consultative approach makes them a valuable partner that understands the business environment of our customers too. Aqua Comms' network is designed to meet the specific application and business requirements of content providers, cloud-based networks, data centres, IT companies and the global media. The successful trial and deployment of Ciena's 150 Gb/s per wavelength 8QAM technology on AEConnect underscores our commitment to serving our customers' needs, now and into the future." - Greg Varisco, Chief Executive Officer, Aqua Comms
  • "With global data creation and transmission skyrocketing, investment in submarine network infrastructure is essential. This trial demonstrates Aqua Comms' ability to quickly and easily adjust its long-haul network capacity to meet the present and future needs of its international data centre interconnect and web-scale customers. An innovative and programmable network, supported by WaveLogic coherent optics and Flexible Grid technology, ensures these customers will benefit from maximum scale, reach and flexibility on this critical transatlantic route." - Ian Clarke, Senior Director, Submarine Systems, Ciena
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About Aqua Comms Limited Aqua Comms Limited (Aqua Comms) is the owner and operator of the transatlantic cable AEConnect and the Irish Sea cable CeltixConnect, and was established to build, acquire or merge with subsea fiber optic cable networks to provide capacity networking solutions to the global media, content providers and IT companies. To learn more about Aqua Comms and its new transatlantic subsea cable system, AEConnect, visit