TE SubCom launches Ocean Control suite

09 May 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

TE SubCom has announced the launch of its Ocean Control suite, a solution that enables automated control of terrestrial and undersea networks via an external controller.

By enabling automated control over all parts of a communications network, the Ocean Control suite offers remote programmability and control of an entire communications network, both terrestrial and undersea.

Mark Enright, vice president, customer solutions of TE SubCom said: "The Ocean Control suite enables us to further strengthen SubCom’s commitment to customers, through our partnership with Ciena. With this new technology, we’re building the API platform that will underpin the future of an optimised network control interface."

This new offering will increase the capabilities, efficiencies and options available to an external orchestrator. This technology provides network efficiency through use of software-defined networking (SDN).

The suite uses RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) with read and write functionality to interface with undersea network elements like Wavelength Selective Switch Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer (WSS ROADMs). SubCom’s partner Ciena is among the first to take advantage of the new API capabilities, which will be demonstrated to a select audience in Ciena’s Ottawa labs in May.

"We look forward to the opportunity to put the SubCom APIs to good use. They will provide a seamless integration into our Blue Planet manage, control and plan domain controller to enable the automated delivery of services across Ciena packet-optical networks, and more programmable management," added Ian Clarke, vice president, global submarine systems of Ciena.

The first release of Ocean Control is available now supported by TE SubCom’s enhanced Line Monitoring System (eLMS). Two additional releases are anticipated later this year that will further expand and enhance the Ocean Control suite’s functionality to cover all major wet and dry network elements.

Topics: TE SubCom, Ocean Control , subsea, Mark Enright, Ian Clarke, API, SDN, Ciena