Indigo upgrades subsea cable with Ciena
SUB.CO and its Australian entity APX Partners have partnered Ciena to upgrade its Indigo subsea cable, which connects Australia and Singapore.
The news comes as the shift to more remote work, e-learning and general everyday needs requires reliable, low latency, and high-performance connectivity.
Specifically, SUB.CIO and APX Partner will leverage Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution, powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme on the 6500 platform. This will deliver 500Gbps single-wavelength channels speeds across the subsea cable network, giving customers lower latency, greater scale and increased economic efficiencies.
“Looking to where the industry is heading SUB.CO is focused on building and operating hyperscale and software defined submarine cable capacity by fusing dedicated spectrum/fibre infrastructure ownership economics with optical platforms that will allow us to maximise spectral efficiency, yet be flexible in configuration for all our different customer demands,” said Bevan Slattery (pictured), CEO of SUB.CO and APX Partners.
“Deploying both Ciena’s latest coherent optical solution over a shared spectrum cable and its hosted network management software in the Southeast Asia region is a key piece of our long-term strategy.”
In addition, SUB.CO and APX Partners will leverage Ciena’s Hosted Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software via Ciena Services in order to gain full control of its network without the need to manage and maintain the application infrastructure.
The deployment of the Hosted MCP Software-as-a-Service is hailed as a first in the Asia Pacific region with Ciena Services also being used for site engineering, installation, testing and end-to-end project management.
“We are working with SUB.CO and APX Partners to execute their long-term vision of delivering a global submarine network that is reliable, high-performing, and has the ability to support future traffic needs all enabled by our GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution, and underpinned by our WaveLogic 5 coherent modem,” added Ian Clarke, vice president and general manager of submarine network sales at Ciena..
Overall, this capacity upgrade meets the critical need for better, more reliable connectivity for consumers and businesses across Southeast Asia, one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world.