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Telefonica and Ciena upgrade Latino links

Telefónica Global Solutions and Ciena have deployed Ciena’s 100G coherent optical transport technology on Telefónica´s SAm-1 submarine and terrestrial network, which connects the USA to Latin America.

With Ciena’s converged packet optical and GeoMesh solution, Telefónica says it is able to support growing and unpredictable international customer demand for premium bandwidth services like cloud computing, video, and advanced business collaboration services.

The SAm-1 network is the largest fibre optics submarine system connecting the USA with Central and South America, with landing stations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru – and, in the USA, in Florida and Puerto Rico. The network delivers more than 2Tbps of data traffic daily at times of peak demand and transports more than 20 billion international voice minutes a year. It provides value added services for multinational and carrier customers, permanently maintaining an activated IP capacity that exceeds a total of 6Tbps.
 
Telefónica Global Solutions deployed Ciena’s 5400 Reconfigurable Switching System and 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogic 3 100G Coherent Optical Processors, including advanced ROADM features and GeoMesh optical bypass, to support its 25,000 km submarine and terrestrial network.

The 5400, equipped with coherent optical processors, provides 100G services across multiple network links, including a 6,700-km submarine network link that connects Boca Raton, Florida to Fortaleza in Brazil; and a 2,100 km unregenerated terrestrial network link that connects Buenos Aires in Argentina to Valparaiso in Chile, reducing network latency and complexity.

Alejandro Martinez-Rosillo, chief technology officer and infrastructure director at Telefónica, said: 'Ciena’s GeoMesh solution incorporates 100G coherent optical, intelligent OTN switching, and unique optical bypass technologies, which give our SAm-1 network better scale and bandwidth flexibility to meet current and future customer requirements. Further, we are now in a better position to offer international bandwidth services at competitive prices, enhanced quality and to meet projected capacity needs in the region.'

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