Infinera, a global supplier of innovative networking solutions, has announced that Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent optical solution has been deployed to modernize and increase capacity on the trans-Pacific Unity Submarine Cable System, which spans 9,620 kilometers and provides operators with a direct cable route linking Japan and the U.S.
The Unity Submarine Cable System is a subsea consortium representing Bharti Airtel Limited, Global Transit Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of TIME), Google, KDDI Corp., Telstra, and Singtel. By upgrading the network to ICE6, the consortium will be able to deliver up to 7.4 Tb/s per fiber pair while extending the cable’s lifespan by about 25% by upgrading the network to ICE6. It will also double its capacity, giving operators the highest capacity services at the lowest cost per bit.
In addition to enhancing spectral efficiency and fiber capacity while decreasing cost per bit, this modernization with Infinera’s ICE6-powered GX Series solution enables operators to get the most out of the subsea cable.
Infinera’s new and distinctive solution features, such as Nyquist subcarriers, forward error correction gain sharing, and photonic integrated circuit-based technology, are utilized to reach this level of performance.
According to the Unity Consortium, Infinera’s innovative ICE6 technology was selected to upgrade their system because it enables them to extend the life of the Unity Submarine Cable System while providing the highest level of quality for their customers.
“The Unity Submarine Cable System is a critical connection between two continents with the fastest growing bandwidth needs. We needed an industry-leading solution that would enable us to be competitive now and in the future.” said said the Unity consortium.
Moreover, Nick Walden, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Infinera, said that the increased capacity will help operators in Asia and the U.S. meet the increasing bandwidth demands on both sides of the Pacific.
“The Unity Submarine Cable System is one of the highest-capacity underwater fiber optic cables ever built between Asia and North America, and Infinera is proud to power it with our latest optical engine technology,” said Walden.