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Southern Cross selects Ciena to support submarine network connecting Australasia to US West Coast

Southern Cross selects Ciena to support submarine network connecting Australasia to US West Coast

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Southern Cross selects Ciena to support largest submarine network supporting high capacity and low latency routes between Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tokelau, Kiribati, Hawaii and the US West Coast.

Southern Cross has selected Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine solution, utilizing Ciena’s 6500 Submarine Line Terminating Equipment, for the new 13,494 km Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable in the Pacific.

This deployment will allow Southern Cross to not only tackle the growing demand for bandwidth but also support the resiliency, reconfigurability and rapid activation requirements that their customers need.

The NEXT system will leverage Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme to mesh the new system into the current Southern Cross network fabric while supporting higher connectivity services and a fully integrated eco-system.

Consisting of three diverse submarine cable routes, 20 plus access points and over 43,000km, this single ecosystem supports high capacity and low latency routes between Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tokelau, Kiribati, Hawaii and the US West Coast.

Laurie Miller, President and CEO, Southern Cross Cables Limited, said: “Today’s work from home mandates and the sudden dramatic influx of remote digital requirements have generated major traffic spikes and required our customers to deliver increased capacity in extremely short time frames, a trend we expect to see for years to come.

“In seeking the optimal solution for our NEXT system, we engaged an external global consultancy to independently review and evaluate the various leading industry solutions and after a thorough process, the Ciena WaveLogic 5 Extreme was identified as the ideal choice.”

Matt Vesperman, Managing Director for Ciena Australia and New Zealand, said: “By rolling out Ciena for NEXT, Southern Cross is proactively tackling the unprecedented appetite for bandwidth and ensuring record-breaking capacity over longer distances. Enabling this exciting new opportunity proves our technology prowess, delivery model and performance can be trusted.”

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