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Global Caribbean Fiber Names Ciena for Submarine Cable Network Upgrade Using GeoMesh Optical Bypass
[February 20, 2013]

Global Caribbean Fiber Names Ciena for Submarine Cable Network Upgrade Using GeoMesh Optical Bypass

Feb 20, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Ciena Corp. announced that Global Caribbean Fiber (GCF), the main provider of network services across the Eastern Caribbean, has selected Ciena to upgrade its Antilles Crossing submarine network that connects St. Croix, St. Lucia and Barbados.

According to a release, with Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform powered by WaveLogic coherent optical processors and GeoMesh optical bypass, GCF is upgrading its submarine network to 40G coherent technology to satisfy customer demands for high-bandwidth services from surging Internet traffic and applications including video, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

"As a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure for the Eastern Caribbean, it is imperative that our customers have access to a scalable, reliable network with low latency that can compete anywhere in the world. Ciena's coherent optical technology is just what we needed to ensure end-to-end network performance across the islands of St. Croix, St. Lucia and Barbados. By leveraging Ciena's GeoMesh coherent transport and agile optical bypass technology, we can ensure our customers have the bandwidth needed to innovate and succeed in their respective markets," said Valery Bijou, Chief Operations Officer, Global Caribbean Fiber.

"By leveraging Ciena's GeoMesh capabilities, GCF can re-use its fiber plant and carry four times the amount of traffic capacity than it had previously, leveraging existing assets and avoiding expensive alternatives. Along with the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, to meet surging bandwidth demands, Ciena's intelligent software will provide GCF's customers high-speed protected, reliable and flexible on-demand service delivery," said Ed McCormack, Vice President and General Manager, Submarine Systems, Ciena Global Caribbean Fiber provides the Caribbean Communications companies with wholesale inter-island and worldwide connectivity solutions.

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