AAE-1 selects Infinera to double system capacity

AAE-1 selects Infinera to double system capacity

27 May 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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The Asia-Africa-Europe-1 Consortium (AAE-1) has completed a large upgrade with Infinera boosting capacity on its subsea network.

“AAE-1 is an important subsea cable asset for carriers globally, with bandwidth needs growing rapidly, particularly during this very difficult and deeply sad global crisis,” said Loucas Balis, chairman of the AAE-1 management committee.

“After a rigorous evaluation, we selected Infinera for its superior reach, optical transmission performance, and reliability.”

Based on Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) technology and Instant Bandwidth capability, the solution used enabled AAE-1 to double the capacity on its network while reducing total cost of ownership and increasing service agility and network reliability.

“We are pleased to support AAE-1’s network upgrade, delivering the benefits of Infinera’s photonic integrated circuit-based ICE4 solution, featuring industry-leading spectral efficiency, Nyquist subcarriers, SD-FEC gain sharing, and Smart Optimise.”

“The deployed solution also delivered extended C-band open line system terrestrial crossings that are expandable in-service to L-band,” said Nick Walden (pictured), senior vice president of worldwide sales at Infinera.

“By deploying Infinera’s subsea solution, AAE-1 is set up for success now and into the future, with pioneering technology to tackle next-generation services, including Instant Bandwidth functionality that enables unlocking additional network capacity through remote activation.”

AAE-1 is a 25,000km subsea and terrestrial network that terminates at two points of presence in Singapore.

It is the only cable system that offers onward connectivity further into Asia through diverse terrestrial routes across Thailand, to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Hong Kong.

“When selecting a solution for AAE-1, it was critical to select a vendor with a seamless scalable solution for the entire network, with great economics,” said Giuseppe Sini, vice chairman of the AAE-1 management committee.

“Infinera gave AAE-1 the ability to activate capacity quickly and really differentiate our services. Infinera has been an excellent choice.”