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NO-UK subsea cable reaches 800Gbps line rate with Ciena

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The NO-UK subsea cable system between Norway and the UK has achieved a record-breaking 800Gbps line rate using Ciena technology.

Using Ciena's GeoMesh Extreme solution, powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optical technology, will give NO-UK customers greater capacity, faster speeds and a greener offering through lower energy consumption.

“NO-UK has been developed to support the evolving requirements of businesses in Norway. We wanted it to deliver the highest bandwidth and capacity available across a submarine network in a sustainable way, and Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme, combined with Xtera’s unique wide-bandwidth and low-noise repeater design, has achieved exactly that," said Svein Arild Ims, director at Altibox Carrier.   

"The network has exceeded our expectations in every way and sets the standard for future connectivity between Norway and the UK.”

The 700km NO-UK subsea cable system, features eight fibre pairs and connects Stavanger in Norway and Newcastle in the UK. The system was developed by Altibox Carrier, supplied by Xtera and is project managed by consultants, SubSea Networks Ltd.

“Ciena continues to push the limits of submarine cable networks, achieving 800Gb/s line rate—another industry first," said Ian Clarke (pictured), vice president of global submarine solutions at Ciena.  

"With more capacity and lower cost-per-bit, lower power consumption and lower ongoing operational costs, the solution provides a modern and environmentally friendly network for Altibox’s NO-UK customers.”

Altibox selected Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme, using Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology and 6500 Packet-Optical Platforms, which supports up to 35Tbps per fibre pair.  

The design and cable validation exercise part of the project conducted according to the new International Telecoms Union (ITU) subsea cable standard for open cables, known as ITU-T G.977.1.

In related news, December saw Digital 9, the UK-based infrastructure investment company, acquire SeaEdge UK1, a data centre asset and subsea fibre landing station. SeaEdge UK1 is also the landing station for the NO-UK subsea cable 

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