Quintillion, Ciena strike Alaskan subsea deal

18 January 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Quintillion has selected Ciena to support the first phase of its 15,000km subsea fibre system, connecting Europe and Asia to the Alaskan and Canadian Artic.

Ciena’s carrier Ethernet MEF 2.0 certified 8700 Packetwave platform will help Quintillion build a high-capacity, low-latency architecture. The new system will improve connectivity to underserved areas in Alaska and enhance an alternative path for the terrestrial offload of data to the US mainland for its wholesale customers.

“Quintillion’s system will bring improved connectivity to underserved areas in Alaska, with plans to provide a vital alternate route for low-latency connectivity to and from the United States when subsequent phases are complete,” said Matt Peterson, vice-president of network management at Quintillion.

“Ciena’s 8700 and advanced software capabilities allow us to build a high-capacity and reliable network that can support our needs today and for years to come.”

Jason Phipps, general manager and vice-president of North America at Ciena, added: “For network operators today, leased space and energy costs are primary contributors to surging monthly operating expenses that are only expected to increase.”

Quintillion’s first phase network build in Alaska will connect Nome and Prudhoe Bay, with branches into four rural coastal communities: Barrow, Point Hope, Wainwright and Kotzebue. Construction is underway for a new terrestrial fibre system between Prudhoe Bay and Fairbanks that will also provide a fibre link between the continental US and the Arctic.

The network is scheduled to be in service in 2017.