The submarine cable system connecting Iceland and Scotland has been updated with Ciena’s GeoMesh solution to meet growing bandwidth demand in the UK and Iceland.
Farice, the main provider of international data capacity from Iceland to mainland Europe, has deployed network specialist Ciena’s 100G optical transport technology.
It is hoped that the solution will help to meet the growing and unpredictable bandwidth demand of both its traditional telecommunications carrier customers and the rapidly expanding Icelandic datacentre industry, which is 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. The network is optimised for delivery of wholesale capacity to service providers, content providers, cloud service providers, and data centre customers.
Farice selected 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, which has been in use since March 2004. Farice claims that this will provide high-bandwidth connectivity between Reykjavik and Keflavik in Iceland to Dunnet Bay, Scotland and enable it to provide high-speed, reliable and flexible on-demand service delivery.
Ciena’s submarine systems VP, Ed McCormack, said: ""Ciena’s 100G-based GeoMesh solution allows Farice to create a seamless network of terrestrial and submarine links that is more responsive, resilient and scalable, with less incurred network latency. In addition, by applying Ciena’s OPn architecture approach, we are showing how network operators can enjoy the benefits of a flexible network that has the ability to automatically adapt to changing conditions, making it possible to safely and easily add 100G services to its existing cables."