TE SubCom and Ciena in subsea cable partnership

16 November 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Subsea cable supplier TE SubCom is linking with Ciena to provide carrier customers with a single point of contact.

Customers have the option of buying separate elements from the two companies or going to TE SubCom for an end-to-end system as part of its so-called open cable business model.

Aaron Stucki, president of TE SubCom, said: “The open cables model has enabled us to offer our customers options that have never before been available in the undersea cable industry. That model is now further enhanced through this agreement with Ciena, as cable operators wishing to deploy Ciena’s equipment on TE SubCom networks will be able to do so efficiently, with the full support of our engineering team and our commitment to on-time delivery of an end-to-end solution.”

Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena, added: “Collaborating with TE SubCom will provide Ciena greater reach into submarine network operators and give customers a more diverse range of options for network configuration.”

Ciena said it will use its 6500 packet-optical platform to create a flexible next-generation undersea cable system.

TE SubCom said its open cables business model allows customers to select their preferred submarine transceiver equipment vendor. But since the launch of the project in 2015, the company says it has seen an increasing number of operators choose Ciena equipment.

“Having manufactured our own submarine line termination equipment for decades, we are well aware which technologies are required to efficiently utilise our wet plant system,” said Stucki. “Ciena produces innovative, flexible and responsive technology that will provide for a fully optimized undersea cable network.”

Smith said: “As customers increasingly choose to consume network technology in different ways to address evolving network requirements for today’s web-scale world, this alliance with TE SubCom helps us continue meeting their needs for open, programmable, multi-vendor networks to create powerful and flexible next-generation undersea systems.”