Ciena announced that carrier-neutral subsea bandwidth supplier Hawaiki Submarine Cable has deployed its GeoMesh Extreme solution based on Waveserver Ai and various packet-optical networking platforms to deliver connectivity to Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the US.
Hawaiki’s 15,000-km cable network began commercial operations in July 2018, delivering an initial 43.8 Tbps additional capacity to the Pacific subsea cable market. Hawaiki also claims it’s the first subsea cable between the US west coast and Oceania that has been optimized to support coherent wavelength technology.
The cable will be upgraded with Ciena’s GeoMesh solution, which will offer Hawaiki the lowest cost per transported bit and evolve to a cumulative 67 Tbps in transmission speeds. Ciena says a 53% increase of Hawaiki’s design capacity was achieved just a few months after its commercial launch.
Leveraging Ciena’s 6500 submarine line terminating equipment (SLTE) as well as the Waveserver Ai platform, Hawaiki can now scale from 1GbE, 10GbE, and 100GbE services over 200G and 250G wavelengths, offering a larger granularity of capacity products to its customers. Meanwhile, Ciena says, deploying these platforms will provide greater flexibility to meet current and future bandwidth demand, including faster delivery and dynamic provisioning.
Additionally, Ciena’s Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software will improve network visibility and provide real-time software control, as well as the ability to build customized solutions.