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# 138712 14-Jan-2014 14:14
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Hard on the heels of the successful implementation of Ciena’s 100Gb/s solution across its 30,000km network in July 2013, Southern Cross Cable Network has stepped up again, to announce today that it will use the Ciena WaveLogic 3 platform to add an additional 500Gb/s to both cables by July 2014.

Southern Cross President and CEO, Fiona Beck says, “The continued expansion of our network using the best 100G technology available underpins our strategy to support the development of high-speed broadband in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Fiji.”

“ISP’s and other customers continue to acquire greater amounts of capacity in larger units from Southern Cross. This latest expansion will be our largest to date, increasing our total lit capacity across the two Southern Cross cables from 2.6Tb/s to 3.6Tb/s.”

The 2014 network expansion will be underpinned by Ciena’s flexible grid and WaveLogic optical technologies, which will increase Southern Cross’ potential capacity capability to 12Tb/s.

“The introduction of the Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to our network in 2011, allowed us to move from 10G optics, to 40G, and then to 100G in July 2013. At the same time, the implementation of a mesh-enabled submarine network architecture (GeoMesh) increased the resilience of our services significantly, reducing the risk of natural and man-made network disruptions, even under multi-failure conditions” said Ms Beck.

“The Ciena platform has allowed us to provide sector leading high capacity submarine capacity services such as 10G and 40G OTN along with the introduction of 40G Ethernet and 100G OTN interfacing. In 2014 we will introduce 100GbE services along with the seamless integration of our key internet data centre access points such as Equinix in Sydney, CoreSite in San Jose and the Westin Building in Seattle.”

“These developments cement the Southern Cross position as the only single system provider of highly resilient international capacity solutions between key data locations in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.”

Ciena’s Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Anthony McLachlan, states: “Ciena’s GeoMesh and WaveLogic solutions enable Southern Cross to meet expanding customer demands and seize new business opportunities. High-bandwidth applications like video, cloud computing and machine-to-machine communications continue to put pressure on today’s networks, requiring carriers like Southern Cross to deploy technologies that not only increase capacity but also provide more intelligent, adaptable networks.”






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  # 966822 14-Jan-2014 14:14
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  # 966916 14-Jan-2014 15:47
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Lets hope it ripples down to consumers with international speeds and cheaper Data.

Dont point at John and i please.

 
 
 
 


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  # 966929 14-Jan-2014 16:02
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I doubt end users will see any marked changes for many months at least. It's a progressive thing but as it continues to happen then that will support a continuation in price drops into the future.





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Must be making room for all the BigPipe customers ;)




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  # 966950 14-Jan-2014 16:33
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This is good news for consumers ... eventually.
It will probably take at least a year for true competition to set in.




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  # 966951 14-Jan-2014 16:36
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Probably Vodafone.
Must be our Ultra fast broadband customer on cable and UFB plans chewing up too much bandwidth. Might need more bandwidth?

 
 
 
 




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  # 966967 14-Jan-2014 17:02
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freitasm: Vodafone needs to double the allowance on cable plans then. The 150GB is too little.

But I hear things.

We have 250GB????



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  # 966974 14-Jan-2014 17:08
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freitasm: I don't want it because there is a price increase since the plans came out. Not worth it

I want more value for the money I pay now


I thought they were a straight plan feature swap. I never realized the prices changed??



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  # 967004 14-Jan-2014 17:53
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freitasm:
BigPipeNZ: Must be making room for all the BigPipe customers ;)


ROFL... Optimism is good.



Heh!

Normally small/niche ISP's struggle to leverage economies of scale to get good rates on international bandwidth. I'd imagine BigPipe is just using Global Gateway though.

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  # 967005 14-Jan-2014 17:55
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Southern Cross double bandwidth and half per Mbit cost every 2 years on average.

A bit of competition (and redundancy) from another cable wouldn't hurt though. RIP Pacific Fibre.

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freitasm: I don't want it because there is a price increase since the plans came out. Not worth it

I want more value for the money I pay now


So do we know yet whether Vodafone will de-peer like Telstraclear?

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