Orange boosts spectrum capacity on MainOne subsea cable

Orange boosts spectrum capacity on MainOne subsea cable

28 July 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Orange has enhanced its spectrum capacity on its portion of the MainOne subsea cable using Infinera’s subsea solution.

The new network has been built to provide large-scale international capacity to support the development of a digital ecosystem in West Africa.

Built upon Infinera’s fourth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) on the XTS-3600 platform, Orange has been able to increase its regional capacity as well as improve the resilience of its subsea cables to provide its customers with enhanced connectivity and access to affordable new services.

“This deployment with Orange reinforces our ability to consistently deliver the highest performance in terms of submarine capacity and reach with our industry-leading Infinite Capacity Engine technology,” said Nick Walden (pictured), senior vice president, worldwide sales at Infinera.

“We remain committed to helping our customers cost-effectively keep pace with demand while lowering total cost of ownership.”

Infinera’s ICE4 technology delivers the capacity and reach required for high-performance subsea cable spectrum and uses the various features of Infinera’s optical engine, which include Nyquist subcarriers, forward error correction gain sharing, and photonic integrated circuit-based technology.

In addition, Infinera’s Instant Bandwidth enables easy scalability and incremental capacity changes as needed within minutes, without requiring additional work on submarine infrastructure.

MainOne is a 7,000km system that connects Portugal, Senegal, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Nigeria and serves as the West African backbone network for Orange’s international connectivity in Africa.

According to the companies, MainOne cable spectrum is critical to delivering the international capacity needed between Europe and West Africa and plays an important role in leading the digital transformation of West Africa by providing operators with affordable connectivity that will help to drive economic development.

By deploying Infinera’s submarine solution, Orange was able to add capacity, scale as needed, and deploy services cost-effectively, resulting in improved and affordable services to their customers.