Ciena enhances SEA-ME-WE 4 cable capacity on Asia-to-Europe route

Ciena enhances SEA-ME-WE 4 cable capacity on Asia-to-Europe route

Networking systems, services and software company Ciena has announced an upgrade to support growing demand for more bandwidth for the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable across the Asia-to-Europe route.

Powered by Ciena's GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution, the upgrade enables a capacity increase from 65Tb/s to 122Tb/s on the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable system – close to doubling the capacity.

With GeoMesh Extreme, leveraging its 6500 Packet-Optical platform, Ciena says SEA-ME-WE 4 can maintain pace with voracious global demand for bandwidth, protect terabits of traffic, and ensure optimal network availability. Additionally, Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics help significantly lower costs by increasing the capacity per wave up to 450Gb/s. SEA-ME-WE 4 is also utilising Ciena’s Navigator Network Control Suite for real-time visibility into and control of network performance.

Thomas Soerensen, Vice President, Global Submarine Solutions, Ciena, explains: “The Europe-to-Asia route, where SEA-ME-WE 4 is situated, is experiencing a major digitalisation push, resulting in extreme capacity demands. We’re helping SEA-ME-WE 4 address rising capacity demands by making the switch to network architectures that adapt to leverage intelligence, scalability, and programmability.” 

Operated by a consortium of 16 telecom operators, SEA-ME-WE 4 is an approximately 18,800 kilometre submarine cable connecting Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria, and France.

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