Ciena upgrades EIG subsea cable system
Ciena has completed the upgrade of the Europe India Gateway (EIG) subsea cable to strengthen connectivity between the UK, Europe, the Middle East and India.
Using Ciena’s subsea network solution, the upgrade allows EIG to use flexible, express wavelengths, also known as optical bypass, to reduce operational costs as well as space and power requirements while improving reliability.
“Ciena continues to support upgrades to the EIG cable, one of the primary data connections between India and Europe, and the Middle East and Africa,” said David Moore, management committee chair, Europe India Gateway. “The EIG transports significant quantities of data between consumers and businesses and we continue to evolve its capacity to support both present and future requirements.”
EIG was upgraded using Ciena’s GeoMesh solution, powered by WaveLogic Ai coherent optics, which offers EIG high levels of flexibility, the lowest cost per transported bit, and the ability to meet unpredictable traffic demands. The upgrade adds 24.3Tbps of information carrying capacity to the EIG cable, with a spectral efficiency increase of 52%, in comparison to previous technology.
“The nature of global business today demands instant and reliable access to partners, customers and employees anywhere and at any time,” said Ian Clarke, Vice President of Global Submarine Sales, Ciena. “Across Europe, India and the Middle East, this connectivity is reliant on technology like the WaveLogic-powered GeoMesh submarine network solution that is scalable, flexible, and able to adapt to the intense requirements of a bandwidth-hungry environment.”
Connecting the UK with Gibraltar, Portugal, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates and India, EIG acts as one of the primary data connections between India and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.