Digital optical networking specialist Infinera has been selected by MedNautilus to upgrade its submarine network. MedNautilus, the Mediterranean operations of the Telecom Italia Sparkle Group and the only protected submarine ring-configured backbone in the Mediterranean, operates a subsea link between Israel and Cyprus as part of a larger submarine cable network connecting the eastern Mediterranean to Greece, Turkey, Italy and France that serves the growing capacity needs of the region. The Infinera network has enabled MedNautilus to quadruple capacity on its network, with the network upgrade completed in less than half the time a traditional subsea network would have required. ‘As a submarine cable operator I would like to see the industry moving to upgrades which are simple to implement, scalable, and plug-and-play as much as possible. Infinera’s solution based on photonic integrated circuits is a move in that direction,’ commented Luigi Sangiorgio, head of engineering at MedNautilus Network.