SEA-ME-WE 4 cable being upgraded with 40G/100G technology

2 Feb 2011

The co-owners of the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) international submarine cable system have selected Alcatel-Lucent and Ciena Corporation for a network expansion project. Alcatel-Lucent was selected for an upgrade to 40Gbps (40G) transmission of all submarine segments. Ciena was selected to supply optical switching equipment for all 16 cable landing sites as well as for 100Gbps (100G) transport for an upgrade of the terrestrial link connecting Alexandria to Suez in Egypt. The deployment will commence in the first quarter of 2011, providing a substantial capacity increase to the existing cable system (ultimate capacity of 2.4Tbps per fibre pair), which supports the delivery of high speed internet and other broadband-based services along the approximately 20,000km route connecting Europe to the Middle East and South East Asia.