Angola Cables, Ciena partner to launch MONET service

03 March 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Wholesale carrier Angola Cables has partnered with Ciena to support its new service launch on the 10,556km MONET subsea cable.

Angola Cables has selected Ciena’s® GeoMesh and Blue Planet solutions for the route which will provide more than 25Tbps of traffic on the carrier’s network between the US and Latin America’s major business hub of São Paulo, Brazil.

“The demand for international connectivity continues to grow, and so does the need for our customers to easily manage and allocate data to end-users,” said António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables.

“With Ciena’s advanced submarine and software innovations, we improve our go-to-market strategy with best-of-breed technology so that we can provide greater connectivity for our customers. With this, Angola Cables adds a critical piece in our global coverage network, positioning ourselves as global provider for capacity related services.”

Angola Cables’ wholesale customers can utilise this additional connectivity to support surging bandwidth demands driven by applications such as over-the-top (OTT) video and cloud computing.

As a major investor in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) consortium, which it is also responsible for the management and development of, Angola Cables is a leading capacity provider for the African West Coast and plays a fundamental role in supporting the African continent’s ever-growing needs for network connectivity.

Ian Clarke, vice president of global submarine systems at Ciena, added: “Hosting major sporting events like the Olympics and World Cup helped reinforced Brazil as a global network connectivity hub that plays a key role in bridging the gap between nations. The arrival of new submarine cables like MONET is an important next step, and helps position the country to support the ongoing transition to an on-demand society.”

In November, TE SubCom completed the US arrival of the MONET subsea cable.

The MONET system is expected to be in service in the second half of 2017.