ASN to Boost Two Subsea Cable Systems

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), now part of Nokia, will implement two upgrades on transpacific and transatlantic routes to further enhance global connectivity for broadband content and applications, as well as for bandwidth-intensive cloud computing services.

ASN said that the upgrades should add terabits of capacity on each route bringing more scalability and redundancy to the delivery of high-speed, low-latency services over resilient high-capacity systems.

On the transpacific route, ASN will upgrade a new cable system which will connect major cities along the West Coast of the United States to two coastal locations in Japan and Taiwan. On the transatlantic route, ASN will upgrade a submarine cable system linking the United Kingdom to the USA over a distance of 6,500 km.

Both upgrades will be implemented with ASN’s 1620 SOFTNODE, which, reportedly, offers the best spectral efficiency on the market on both new and legacy systems with third generation coherent technology at bit rates up to 400 gigabits-per-second.

Philippe Piron, president of ASN, said: “Achieving the maximum capacity out of an existing submarine network asset remains critical for telecom and webscale operators as they need to meet increasing end-user requirements for capacity, speed and reliability. ASN’s SOFTNODE provides state-of the-art technology to address these needs with the greatest possible flexibility on existing and new systems, combining technological and economic benefits.”