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Ciena chosen for Icelandic development

Farice, the main provider of international capacity from Iceland to mainland Europe, has deployed Ciena’s 100G coherent optical transport technology to upgrade its submarine cable system that connects Iceland and Scotland.

With Ciena’s converged packet optical and GeoMesh solutions, Farice aims to satisfy the growing and unpredictable bandwidth demands of both its traditional telecommunications carrier customers, as well as the rapidly growing Icelandic data centre industry being driven by Iceland’s low-cost and green energy sources.
 
Farice operates submarine cables between Iceland and both Scotland and Denmark. The company is the main provider of wholesale capacity in and out of Iceland and operates a city-to-city network in five European countries.

Farice chose Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by 100G WaveLogic 3 Coherent Optical Processors, and GeoMesh optical bypass for deployment on its 1,200 km submarine cable system, Farice-1, and almost 800 km of terrestrial backhaul network. This will provide high-bandwidth connectivity between Reykjavik and Keflavik, Iceland to Dunnet Bay, Scotland. It will also enable Farice to provide high-speed, reliable and flexible on-demand service delivery.

Örn Orrason, vice president of sales and business development at Farice, said: 'To serve the needs of our growing data centre and traditional telecommunications customers, we need to be able to offer maximum bandwidth, lower latencies and seamless scalability, while maintaining our higher uptimes. After extensive lab and field testing, it was clear that Ciena’s coherent optical technology and GeoMesh solution is the best option to meet our requirements because we can leverage our existing assets.'

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