Reliance Globalcom employs Ciena's 40G technology on two key Asia cable routes

Reliance Globalcom continues to be aggressive with its submarine cable network upgrades, and its latest agreement with Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN) to upgrade its Asia routes with Ciena's 40G coherent technology is a clear illustration of that trend.

As part of an upgrade of its FNAL submarine network, Reliance Globalcom upgraded submarine cable capacity on two key routes that span approximately 5,000 kilometers to connect Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong.

For the FNAL upgrade, Ciena provided its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with 40G ultra long haul interfaces, which the vendor says can increase network capacity with no customer impact or additional costs. In addition to providing equipment, Ciena provided its Deployment services where they activated the system with in-service traffic migration from existing 10G to coherent 40G.

While the initial focus is on delivering 40 Gbps, Ciena's WaveLogic coherent optical process will add 4 Tbps of capacity, while creating a path to 100 Gbps when ready.

This is not the first time Reliance and Ciena have worked together. In January, Reliance employed Ciena to upgrade its Europe to Middle East route and later an upgrade on its India route.

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