27 November 2012
| Kavit Majithia
Reliance Globalcom has selected Ciena’s 100G optical networking solutions to upgrade its FLAG Europe-Asia submarine network.
The 100G network upgrade is
expected to bring substantial capacity increases to the route
connecting Egypt to Jordan, catering to growing high-bandwidth
requirements in the region and leveraging the
company’s existing fibre infrastructure.
As part of the upgrade, Reliance Globalcom will deploy a 100G
DWDM system, with Ciena’s platform utilising the
vendor’s network architecture, equipped with
WaveLogic coherent optical line interfaces.
It is expected the upgrade will support the surge of
high-bandwidth applications, including cloud computing, video
conferencing, business continuity/disaster recovery, and data
centre connectivity, in addition to ever increasing internet
Upgrading to 100G allows Reliance Globalcom to increase
submarine bandwidth on the segment by 10 times, says the
company, and enables the launch 10GE services. The move also
enables the operator to provide 100GbE connectivity to end
Punit Garg, president and CEO at Reliance Globalcom said the
partnership was struck to react to changing demands for
bandwidth, while leveraging existing investments in fibre
assets. "Ciena’s proven coherent optical
technology gives us the ability to upgrade our existing
submarine networks from 10G to 40G and 100G rates," he said.
"We are already using Ciena coherent solutions to deliver 40G
services on multiple, critical submarine routes, so when we
decided to upgrade our FEA route we knew Ciena was the right
Reliance Globalcom announced plans to utilise
Ciena’s capabilities and strengthen its European
network earlier this year, and the companies also struck a
partnership deal in 2011 for two 40G deployments on the
Reliance network. One supported a 5000km submarine link between
two key routes; one connecting Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and
Hong Kong and the other supported an ultra long haul submarine
link between the UK, Spain, Italy and Egypt.