Tata Selects Ciena GeoMesh to Enable 100G across Submarine Cable

Ciena GeoMesh helps Tata Communications push 100 gigabits per second from the U.S. to Japan, Alcatel-Lucent and BT set a world record for 1.4 terabits per second, and AMS-IX New York selects Zayo as a fiber provider to connect multiple data centers.

Ciena helps Tata launch 100G connectivity. Ciena (CIEN) and Tata Communications announced the launch of 100 gigabits per second upgrade along the TGN-Pacific (TGN-P) submarine cable system that connects the U.S. to Japan and  three routes in the TGN-Intra-Asia (TGN-IA) market across Asia. With this latest in a series of investments, Tata  becomes the only private subsea cable owner that has 100G deployed across major routes around the world on its own infrastructure. Tata’s 22,300 kilometer submarine cable system between the U.S. and Japan is using Ciena’s 6500 Converged Packet Optical platform and GeoMesh solution. Ciena products also help Tata support a 6,700 kilometer Intra-Asia network. “We continue to make significant investments to our global network as we understand that connectivity is one of the most critical backbones in a world where hyper-connectivity has become a part of the everyday fabric of life and business,” said Genius Wong, Senior Vice President, Global Network Services at Tata Communications. “Investments such as the 100G upgrade to our TGN-Pacific submarine cable and Intra-Asia routes enable us to meet customer demand for high-bandwidth services and applications, whilst ensuring end-to-end network performance for our enterprise and carrier customers across the US and Asia.”

Alcatel-Lucent and BT achieve world record 1.4 Terabits per second.  Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) and BT announced trial speeds of up to 1.4Tb/s with a record spectral efficiency of 5.7 bits per second per Hertz (b/s/Hz) on an existing core fiber connection. This is believed to be the fastest speed ever achieved in commercial grade hardware in a real-world environment and is equivalent to transmitting 44 HD films in a single second. Conducted between BT properties in London and Suffolk the field trial used a new ‘flexible grid’ infrastructure (flexgrid) to vary the gaps between transmission channels. By increasing the density of channels on the fiber, this approach achieved up to 42.5 percent greater data transmission efficiency compared to today’s standard networks.

Alcatel-Lucent also announced that the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK has selected Alcatel-Lucent to carry out a major upgrade to its IT infrastructure. The network will handle the ever-increasing volume of scientific data now and into the future for the bandwidth-intensive, scientific modeling used by NPL scientists as they perform ground-breaking research. “This new network is setting up the National Physical Laboratory for the future, by providing capacity for the large amounts of data produced in the research we undertake,” said Claire Moore, Head of IT at the National Physical Laboratory. “We now have a more reliable network which includes over 3,000 end points for use by 700 staff. We will see even more benefits as time goes on, as this is a project completed with the needs of future research in mind.”

AMS-IX New York Selects Zayo.  Zayo Group announced that it has been selected by the AMS-IX USA to supply fiber connectivity between the multiple data centers in the United States where AMS-IX New York operates its Internet peering platform. Zayo will provide dark fiber and Layer 2 connectivity for Internet Exchange customers using the Digital Realty data center in New York (111 8th St., Manhattan), DuPont Fabros Technology’s NJ1 data center in New Jersey (101 Possumtown Rd., Piscataway), Sabey Data Centers (375 Pearl St., Manhattan), and the 325 Hudson interconnection facility. Zayo’s fiber network will allow AMS-IX New York to have a direct flow of traffic between its major peering points of presence, with the fewer network hops supporting faster transportation of data. “Zayo’s extensive network reach, especially into major data centers, made the provider our first choice to deliver interconnectivity between AMS-IX New York’s points of presence,” says Henk Steenman, Chief Technical Officer at AMS-IX. “The scalability of the dark fiber product enables Zayo to meet our needs as the exchange develops.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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