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Ciena's GeoMesh Extreme Powers Southern Cross Expansion

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Ciena Corporation (CIEN - Free Report) recently announced that Southern Cross Cables has deployed its WaveLogic Ai tunable coherent optics and the T-Series solutions to address the demand for seamless connectivity across the board. Incidentally, the trans-Pacific network of telecommunications cables firm became the first of its kind to deploy Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution across subsea cables.

WaveLogic Ai is the industry’s first fully programmable coherent modem that offers enhanced intelligence for increased visibility into the network. Through open interfaces, it monitors and gathers critical networking data to facilitate autonomous decision making on a real time basis to improve network performance.

On the other hand, Ciena’s market-leading 6500 T-Series Packet-Optical Platform significantly increases network scalability and accelerates the transition to open, virtualized, SDN-based architectures. With reduced power consumption and space requirements, it enables service providers to scale their metro and regional networks to support increased demand for web-scale applications like streaming video, cloud computing and virtualized, software-based networking capabilities.

Leveraging these innovative products, Southern Cross Cables will use Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution as the first subsea deployment of WaveLogic Ai over compensated cable. This will also include the first deployment of 200Gbps wavelengths between Sydney and Auckland. The industry-leading functionality of Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai will empower Southern Cross to monitor links in real-time to adjust the network capacity for each channel across any path. Moreover, WaveLogic Ai will also provide massive scalability with an additional 6.4Tbps wavelength expansion across Southern Cross’ subsea and terrestrial networks.

The strategic deployment of Ciena’s technology will augment the capacity of Southern Cross undersea cable and add an unmatched level of intelligence and service capability in submarine cable networks. This will help Southern Cross to proactively manage and grow its network with changing user demands.

Ciena plans to help customers realize the full benefits of network automation by helping them move away from highly complex and fragmented OSS environments to those that accurately reflect the real-time state and utilization of network resources. The company’s revenues are expected to benefit from rising demand for packet-optical transport and switching products, integrated network and service management software. Ciena has outperformed the industry in the past year with an average return of 69.5% compared with a rise of 43.6% for the latter.


Ciena currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the broader industry are Altice USA, Inc. (ATUS - Free Report) , Harmonic Inc. (HLIT - Free Report) and Knowles Corporation (KN - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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