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C & W Networks upgrades CFX-1 and EWC submarine cables with Ciena


& W Networks , a wholesale telecommunications service provider , is leveraging Ciena ’ s GeoMesh Extreme to upgrade its CFX-1 ( Colombia – Florida Express ) and EWC ( East West Cable ) submarine cable networks to deliver advanced broadband and IP services of up to 400Gb / s .
These network upgrades will help address the soaring bandwidth needs of C & W Networks ’ telco and Internet Service Provider ( ISP ) customers .
C & W Networks operates the largest submarine multi-ring fiber-optic network in the greater Caribbean , Central American and Andean regions , providing reliable connectivity to approximately 40 countries . The 2400km CFX-1 express cable connects the United States , Jamaica and Colombia with less than 25ms latency , while the 1,700km EWC cable links the
British Virgin Islands , Jamaica and the Dominican Republic .
“ Online content , especially streaming video , continues to drive robust demand for data and high-speed connectivity in the regions we serve ,” said Chris Coles , Vice President and General Manager , C & W Networks . “ The additional capacity we ’ re turning up on CFX-1 and EWC with Ciena allows us to meet this demand head-on , enriching our service offerings for customers while sustainably and cost-effectively extending the lifespan of these cable systems .”
Ciena ’ s GeoMesh Extreme , which utilizes the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics , delivers C & W Networks ’ new increased capacity with scalable service speeds on existing undersea systems . With Ciena ’ s latest technology , the CFX-1 cable connecting the US with Colombia and
Jamaica is transformed to provide a 10- fold capacity increase of over 32Tb / s with 100Gb / s – 400Gb / s services .
Visibility and end-to-end management of the cable network is possible with Ciena ’ s Manage , Control and Plan ( MCP ) domain controller and Ciena Services provides deployment and reconfiguration services to accelerate time to revenue and ensure project success .
“ C & W Networks ’ submarine cables cross the ocean to bring the pan-Caribbean region new opportunities and economic growth through connectivity ,” said Ian Clarke , Vice President of Global Submarine Solutions , Ciena . “ With our GeoMesh Extreme , they ’ re able to do that while maximizing spectral efficiency and minimizing the cost , space and power-per-bit transported , resulting in lower total cost of ownership and greater competitive advantage .” p
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