Monet submarine cable upgrade powered by coherent technology

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Angola Cables has upgraded its Monet submarine cable network using coherent optical technology to provide more capacity and lower latency.

The Monet cable system was originally launched by Angola Cables, alongside consortium members Algar Telecom, Antel, Google and TE SubCom to connect Florida with Brazil. Built in a way that provided the consortium with choice and flexibility in the selection of line cards while continuing to take advantage of the latest wet plant technology. Monet reached ‘ready for Service status’ status in 2017

For the latest upgrade, Angola Cables has selected Ciena’s GeoMesh, powered by WaveLogic Ai coherent optical technology, to provide high-performance connectivity for cloud-based services. In doing so, the company has added 2.2Tb/s of capacity to segments in the network connecting Miami, Fortaleza, and São Paulo to enhance the performance of bandwidth-intensive cloud-based services. This direct, low-latency connection between Angola Cables’ São Paulo, Miami, and the new data centre in Fortaleza (AngoNAP) will help to boost regional development for companies leveraging the network.

GeoMesh is also being leveraged between São Paulo and Miami to optically bypass the cable landing stations, resulting in reduced power, space, and operational complexity. Meanwhile, Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller, which extracts real-time telemetry from the submarine cables, has been chosen to provide enhanced network visibility and monitoring.

Angelo Gama, chief executive officer at Angola Cables said: ‘In a time of rapid, mass digital adoption, the network needs to be able to handle the ever-growing demands from end-users. Ciena’s GeoMesh solution has allowed us to expand our submarine cable network to reach a wider range of customers with more bandwidth and improved services.’

Added Ian Clarke, vice president of global submarine solutions at Ciena: ‘There has been an incredible increase in the use of cloud-based services, which place enormous amounts of pressure on the network resulting from strict performance requirements. With the GeoMesh submarine network solution, Angola Cables has adapted its network to fit these demands and deliver high-performance connectivity, overland and undersea, to more end-users across the globe.’

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