IPS picks Ribbon to expand subsea data transmission capacity

IPS picks Ribbon to expand subsea data transmission capacity

14 January 2022 | Natalie Bannerman

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Ribbon Communications has been selected by IPS, a provider of international connectivity services, to expand its long-haul subsea data transmission capacity.

IPS will use Ribbon’s Apollo Optical Networking solution to power 100Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) services delivered over both terrestrial and subsea cables from Manilla to Hong Kong and Singapore.

“Our ability to seamlessly deliver connectivity services to our customers over long distances is key to the success of our business,” said Koji Miyashita, president and CEO of IPS.

“Ribbon’s Optical transport technology allowed us to maximise our available capacity and transmit world-class communications applications via our submarine services under the South China Sea.”

In addition, the Ribbon solution leverages Apollo’s high-performance programmable TM800 muxponder cards on Apollo 9600 series platforms to provide optimized long-haul subsea connectivity for 100GbE services.

“Submarine applications must deliver extensive capacity and carry the highest level of communications services on each channel in order to realize cost efficiencies,” said Mickey Wilf, general manager of the APAC and MEA regions at Ribbon.

“Our Apollo solution enables IPS to maximise capacity by leveraging dual wavelengths with programmable baud rate and modulation, in conjunction with flexgrid technology.”

IPS' subsea cable system is named, C2C, part of the merged EAC - C2C cable systems, saw the company acquired in 2020. The company has also launched a domestic telecoms business in the Philippines through InfiniVAN, which is funded by IPS.

In related news, December saw Israeli telco Bezeq select Ribbon Communications to build its new flexgrid 400G optical backbone network. Once completed, the new backbone network will enable Bezea to carry increasing IP traffic loads.