Ciena and Farice, the main provider of international capacity from Iceland to mainland Europe, have jointly announced an upgrade to the 2,295 km DANICE submarine cable system connecting Iceland with Denmark.
The new upgrade, due to become operational in early 2013, will utilise Ciena's 40G coherent optical transport technology to increase the total capacity of the submarine cable, in particular providing sufficient bandwidth to support the growing Icelandic data centre industry.
Farice selected Ciena's 6500 packet-optical platform for deployment on the DANICE submarine cable to provide high-bandwidth connectivity between Landeyjar, Iceland and Blaabjerg, Denmark.
Initially, the network will utilise Ciena's 40G coherent transport technology, with ultra-long distance 100G wavelengths, based on WaveLogic 3 optical processors, to be deployed in 2013.
Scalable to 8.8 Tbit/s of total capacity on a single fibre, Farice's upgraded submarine cable will meet the requirements of expected further growth in Iceland's storage and data centre market. The upgraded submarine cable consists of four fibre pairs giving a maximum capacity of 35.2 Tbit/s.
The network upgrade will be managed by Ciena's OneControl unified management system, providing Farice's NOC with multi-layer service management for rapid service deployment, resource utilisation tracking and network hotspot identification.
In addition to upgrading one of two submarine cables, the deployment includes Ciena's GeoMesh network solution, which incorporates optical bypass technology to simplify the end-to-end network design from the cable landing station in the south of Iceland to Farice's PoP in downtown Reykjavík and Keflavik Airport.
Unlike the traditional approach of adding regenerators at the cable landing station, the GeoMesh all-optical network design connects submarine and terrestrial segments into a single seamless, low latency link, with high-capacity optical signals carried as foreign wavelengths over the existing terrestrial backhaul network.