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Southern Cross Picks Ciena 100G

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HANOVER, Md. -- Southern Cross brings another price reduction to market leveraging 40G & 100G upgrade programme. Southern Cross prices have again fallen and the company continues to expand its international capacity as it continues to upgrade the network. “We have reduced our capacity prices by another 20%”, said Sales and Marketing Director Ross Pfeffer. “This will be our 10th major price reduction since 2000 and over the period our price decline has averaged more than 22% per year. “It’s been pleasing to see big increases in data caps and declines in retail data cost for internet users in both Australia and New Zealand over the last year. Our continued initiatives to increase supply and reduce price are designed to encourage this process and to support the needs of Australia's NBN and New Zealand's UFB”, Pfeffer noted. The Southern Cross Network provides uninterrupted hi-speed connectivity to US based internet content. Constructed as a protected twin cable network of 28,500 kilometres of undersea cable the Southern Cross cable network has become a major regional asset for reliable high-speed broadband. The latest price decline marks the second stage of the eighth major capacity expansion programme since 2001 and it is due for completion in February. This Stage is based on Ciena’s 40Gbps transmission equipment and takes total lit capacity on the Southern Cross Network to 2 Tbps. The third stage of the current expansion programme is being implemented concurrently and is based on Ciena's 100 Gbps transmission equipment. 100G technology is already installed on some network segments and will take lit capacity to 2.6 Tbps by June 2013. Ciena Corp.

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