Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cable operators in the region, has deployed Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optical technology to maximize capacity along the Mediterranean segment of its Middle East North Africa (MENA) submarine cable system as well as mesh network.
Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme gives Telecom Egypt the highest capacity per wavelength, which dramatically reduces the cost per bit, and provides the best-in-class spectral efficiency, the highest bit rate per wavelength, space utilization efficiency, and power efficiency. Telecom Egypt also utilizes Ciena’s manage, control, and plan (MCP) next-generation domain controller that unifies network and service management, even across third-party wet plants, to automate the submarine network’s operations. Additionally, the embedded real-time network monitoring enables the creation of a new breed of a network that can rapidly accommodate unpredictable traffic demands and optimize capacity across any path.
Jamie Jefferies, vice president and general manager, international, Ciena, said, “Submarine cables are critical infrastructure that underpin and power the connectivity needs of today’s global internet user base. Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution, powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme, allows Telecom Egypt to realize huge savings in power, footprint, latency, and cost. In addition, the adoption of MCP also supports a network that is intelligent, automated, and simpler to manage.”
Adel Hamed, managing director and chief executive officer, Telecom Egypt, commented, “The deployment of Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme on our MENA cable is an important achievement that will support the increasing global demand for bandwidth services. We are very keen on collaborating with renowned market players to obtain and utilize the latest solutions that increase our network capacities and provide our customers with unmatched network solutions.”
The MENA submarine cable is an 8,800 km system that connects Italy, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and India and serves as a vital piece of infrastructure that transmits international traffic. Through the new technology, it offers Telecom Egypt’s mesh network a new gateway to Europe through Italy, in addition to the current one in Marseille. Telecom Egypt’s next-generation optical mesh network, on the other hand, is a system that spans the Mediterranean Sea, crosses Egypt, and extends to Singapore, integrating terrestrial and subsea cables.