Asia-Africa-Europe-1 Consortium Selects Infinera’s ICE6 Solution for Large-Scale Submarine Cable System Upgrade, Access Evolution


SAN JOSE, Calif. — Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) today announced that the Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) Consortium, owner of one of the world’s largest consortium cable systems, has selected Infinera’s ICE6 Coherent 800G solution to increase its undersea network capacity and provide diverse and resilient connectivity in European, Asian, African and Middle Eastern markets. AAE-1’s submarine upgrade will more than double the current capacity, delivering over 100 Tbps, resulting in the largest-scale submarine upgrade in history .

AAE-1’s cable system spans 25,000 kilometers of submarine and terrestrial networks, connecting 19 countries led by a consortium of 19 leading operators. Unlike any other cable system in the world, AAE-1 terminates at two points of presence in Singapore for enhanced route diversity and is the only next-generation cable that extends further into Asia via various overland routes at through Thailand to provide connectivity to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Hong Kong. This unique routing allows AAE-1 to provide one of the lowest latency routes between Hong Kong, India, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

By upgrading with Infinera’s fifth-generation ICE6 technology on the GX-series compact modular platform, AAE-1 is able to take advantage of the industry-leading optical submarine network solution that offers the highest level of spectral efficiency, long codeword probabilistic constellation shaping (LC-PCS), Nyquist subcarriers, and the ability to seamlessly upgrade its line system to enable L-band transponders on some of its terrestrial network segments.

“AAE1 is an important cable system. As international connections become increasingly important and demand for capacity continues to increase, it is essential that we upgrade our system with the most innovative and advanced optical transmission technology in the industry,” said Giuseppe. Sini, chairman of the AAE-1 management committee. “The deployment of Infinera’s ICE6 solution will mark a historic milestone as the largest submarine upgrade in history.”

“AAE-1’s deployment of Infinera’s ICE6 solution across its 25,000 km network is a huge undertaking and an accomplishment that few technology companies could achieve,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Global Sales. , Infinera. “Infinera is proud to provide innovative solutions that provide seamless integration, scalable capacity and added value to network operators like AAE-1, and to help our customers deliver vital services to their customers with scale and efficiency. »

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