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Southern Cross tackles growing bandwidth demands with Nortel Optical Solution

DTI Globalwatch : 05 October, 2006  (New Product)
Southern Cross Cables is significantly increasing the capability of its U.S. terrestrial optical network with a Nortel optical solution. Nortel will supply, deploy and maintain the optical solution on the U.S. mainland's west coast as part of Southern Cross' 30,500-kilometer submarine cable network that acts as the major link for broadband services and Internet traffic from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii to the U.S.
Southern Cross Cables is significantly increasing the capability of its U.S. terrestrial optical network with a Nortel optical solution. Nortel will supply, deploy and maintain the optical solution on the U.S. mainland's west coast as part of Southern Cross' 30,500-kilometer submarine cable network that acts as the major link for broadband services and Internet traffic from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii to the U.S.

The deployment will use Nortel's adaptive all optical intelligent platforms, the Nortel Common Photonic Layer and Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge 6500, to connect access points located in San Jose and Morro Bay, California, and Hillboro and Nedonna Beach, Oregon. Using Nortel's Optical Network Manager, the terrestrial network will be fully managed and operated remotely from Southern Cross' network operations center in Auckland, New Zealand.

'As one of the Pacific Rim's leading independent bandwidth wholesalers, Southern Cross provides our Australasian and Hawaiian customers with secure and reliable bandwidth for today, tomorrow and the next 15 years,' said Fiona Beck, chief executive officer, Southern Cross Cables Limited. 'Nortel's optical solutions and the experience of their global services business play an important role in helping Southern Cross to meet the current and future needs of our growing customer base.'

'At the heart of Nortel's success in building high-performance all optical networks is a continued commitment to innovation and making complex deployments simple for our customers,' said Philippe Morin, president, Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel. 'Our intelligent optical platforms help enable service providers like Southern Cross to increase bandwidth capabilities and flexibility, as well as lower the costs associated with operating a world-class optical network.'

Nortel's Global Services portfolio was a key differentiator over competitive offerings, giving Southern Cross the ability to upgrade its U.S. terrestrial network with minimal impact on existing customers. Nortel will provide Southern Cross with integration services including network staging, engineering, implementation and stability testing. Nortel will also provide maintenance services including a Platinum Support Plan for emergency dispatch and recovery, site maintenance and technical support, and operations and maintenance training.

The Southern Cross U.S. terrestrial network is configured with twenty 10 Gbps channels (200 Gbps) of lit capacity. Using dense wavelength division multiplexing capabilities in the CPL and OME 6500, this network has the potential to increase to 560 Gigabits of capacity when growth requires, and with the addition of new 40 Gbps modules on the CPL future network capacity could be quadrupled to over two terabits per second.

Southern Cross will also use one of Nortel's key innovations on the OME 6500, electronic dynamically compensating optics that enable fiber spans of up to 2,000 kilometers without the need for costly inline dispersion compensation modules or regeneration equipment.

The Nortel OME 6500 is an optical convergence platform that supports transponding, TDM and Ethernet switching on a single device, allowing service providers a smooth migration to a reliable and scalable Ethernet infrastructure while maintaining minimal infrastructure costs. The OME 6500 has been deployed in over 115 networks globally. The Nortel CPL is a is an intelligent, continuously self-optimizing, modular DWDM transport platform designed for cost-effective metro, regional and long haul networks. The CPL has been deployed in over 35 networks around the world.

Nortel's Global Services include a full range of integrated services for design, deployment, management and maintenance of end-to-end multi-vendor network solutions, including seamless migration to next generation technologies.
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