Europe-India Cable Upgrades With Ciena

HANOVER, Md. and CHENNAI, India – With demand for increased data services between Europe and Asia expected to grow at an average of 38 percent per year in the next six years, the Europe India Gateway (EIG) consortium is multiplying the capacity on its international submarine cable system. Ciena® (NYSE: CIEN), is providing EIG an end-to-end multi-Terabit upgrade that will enable a flexible supply of network capacity.

Ciena’s intelligent control plane and switching technologies will also ensure that the EIG network is equipped with the programmability to scale on-demand in the future. As the first direct, high-bandwidth optical fiber submarine cable system from the United Kingdom to India, the EIG upgrade, with OTN and Mesh capabilities, ensures service reliability and enables transparent, data friendly services to support the growing demand for Internet connectivity and bandwidth-intensive applications such as e-commerce, data, video and voice services.

The Europe India Gateway (EIG) cable system, spanning approximately 15,000 km, connects 12 countries across three continents, enhancing capacity and providing much needed diversity for broadband traffic connecting Western Europe with the Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa and India. Given the strategic importance of this network corridor this network upgrade allows EIG’s consortium members to satisfy their immediate needs for redundancy and resiliency in their network architectures. The first phase of the EIG cable upgrade - from the United Kingdom to Djibouti - is complete, with phase two - enhancing the cable capability to India - underway.

Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution, using the OneControl Unified Management System, combined with the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and optical bypass, gives EIG an end-to-end view of both its terrestrial and submarine networks. The 100G wavelengths installed for EIG will be able to seamlessly offer 10G and 100G services.

EIG’s flexible network architecture, an example of Ciena’s OPn network architecture that enables programmable and scalable network designs, also benefits from Ciena’s 5400 Packet-Optical econfigurable Switching System, which switches and protects both SDH and OTN traffic to key points in EIG’s network.

Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN)

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