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 maximise capacity along the Mediterranean segment of Telecom Egypt’s Middle East North Africa (MENA) submarine cable system and Egypt’s 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, highest bit rate per wavelength, space utilisation efficiency, and power efficiency. Telecom Egypt also utilises 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.
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 realise 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, said: “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 utilise the latest solutions that increase our network capacities and provide our customers with unmatched network solutions.”
The MENA submarine cable is an 8,800km system that connects Italy, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman and India and serves as a vital piece of infrastructure that transmits international traffic. The MENA Cable, through the new technology, 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.