Seacom capacity increase to 12Tbps

Seacom announced in a press release on Monday, 12 May 2014, that it has deployed the Infinera DTN-X platform across its terrestrial network that provides services to the African continent.

“The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network enables Seacom to offer 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) services and provides us with the ability to offer higher speed services to accommodate existing customers and attract new customers,” said Claes Segelberg, CTO at Seacom.

Infinera also provides Seacom with technology that offers single-card 500Gbps “super-channels”.

According to Seacom, these super-channels let it scale to terabits of transmission capacity.

These super-channels are based on “100G”, or 100Gbps per wavelength technology, which gives Seacom a design capacity in excess of 12 Terabits per second (Tbps).

Seacom said Infinera’s technology integrates dense wavelength division multiplexing optical transmission in a single platform that is capable of supporting up to 12Tbps of non-blocking optical transport network switching.

Demonstrations of Infinera’s technology on the Seacom cable date back to August 2011.

Infinera said at the time that its super-channel demonstration with Seacom, where they simultaneously lit up 5 wavelengths running at 100Gbps each, was a world first.

Though Seacom was reportedly first to demonstrate the technology, Internet Solutions said in April 2014 it was first to deploy Infinera’s 500Gbps super-channel system on its network.

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