Infinera upgrades MENA subsea cable network

17 August 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Infinera has successfully deployed its DTN-X XTC series to upgrade the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) submarine cable system's subsea network to provide differentiated wholesale international capacity.

MENA, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology, owns and operates the system connecting Europe to the Middle East and Southeast Asia to provide wholesale capacity to global networks.

"This subsea network upgrade integrated with MENA's existing terrestrial network enables MENA to deliver bandwidth quickly and efficiently on a critical route between Europe, Middle East and Arabian Gulf countries," said Kamran Malik, CEO at MENA.

"The Infinera DTN-X XTC Series provides robust reliability, flexibility and scalability, meeting the high standards that MENA seeks in a vendor. This helps MENA offer wholesale customers bandwidth as needed in 100G increments."

With the upgrade of the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network on its subsea route, MENA is equipped to provide wholesale carriers with a range of connectivity services from Synchronous Transport Module level-1 (STM-1) at 155Mbps to 100Gbps over terabit capacity cables.

The Infinera DTN-X XTC-10 allows MENA to deliver 100Gbps of coherent transmission capacity via 500Gbps single line card super-channels today and supports a forward scale design to provide terabit super-channels in the future.

Infinera’s senior vice president of EMEA, Nick Walden, added: "We are pleased to collaborate with MENA on its subsea network upgrade, integrating with the existing terrestrial network. This network upgrade enables MENA to provide differentiated wholesale international capacity in its markets and supports the growth of the Mediterranean and Middle East economy with on-demand scale and efficiency."