Nokia’s ASN to upgrade transpacific and transatlantic cables

21 April 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, has announced that it is set to implement two major upgrades on transpacific and transatlantic undersea cable systems to boost global connectivity.

Alcatel-Lucent submarine cableThe company claims the upgrades will add terabits of capacity on each route bringing more scalability and redundancy to the delivery of high-speed, low-latency services over resilient high-capacity systems.

“Achieving the maximum capacity out of an existing submarine network asset remains critical for telecom and web scale operators as they need to meet increasing end-user requirements for capacity, speed and reliability,” said Philippe Piron, president of ASN.

ASN will upgrade a new cable system on the transpacific route, which will connect major cities along the US west coast to two coastal locations in Japan and Taiwan. On the transatlantic route, ASN will upgrade a submarine cable system linking the UK to the US over a distance of 6,500m.

ASN’s 1620 Softnode, with bit rates up to 400Gbps, will deliver a multi-terabit boost on both routes, offering enhanced flexibility and performance to support continued service growth for broadband content and applications, as well as for bandwidth-intensive cloud computing services.