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Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks upgrades newly deployed transpacific system with 8QAM technology

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks’ 1620 SOFTNODE solution used to upgrade third-party 11,000 km transpacific cable system to deliver a multi-terabit boost, increased flexibility and support service growth

November 28, 2016

Paris, November 28, 2016 – Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, has implemented a major upgrade on the transpacific route to further enhance global connectivity for broadband content and applications, as well as for bandwidth-intensive cloud computing services. 

ASN has upgraded a new cable system owned and operated by six major telecom operators and content providers worldwide. Spanning more than 11,000 km, the newly deployed submarine cable system directly connects main cities along the West Coast of the United States to two coastal locations in Japan and Taiwan.  

A world first premier, this upgrade, using ASN’s 8QAM (8 quadrature amplitude modulation) commercial solution, brings more scalability and redundancy to the delivery of high-speed, low-latency services over resilient high-capacity systems.

ASN’s latest solution, the 1620 SOFTNODE, offers the best spectral efficiency on the market and implements unique gridless 8QAM technology to deliver cost per bit effectiveness in increasing capacity on existing and new cable systems. Thanks to the innovations incorporated into the 1620 SOFTNODE, operators and content providers can optimise both existing and new undersea cable systems to increase service availability and seamless connectivity for end-users.

Philippe Piron, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: “Achieving the maximum capacity out of an existing submarine network asset remains critical for telecom and webscale operators as they need to meet increasing end-user requirements for capacity, speed and reliability. ASN’s 1620 SOFTNODE provides state-of the-art technology to address these needs with the greatest possible flexibility on existing and new systems, combining technological and economic benefits.”

ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT SUBMARINE NETWORKSAlcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, now part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 580,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new oil and gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer’s needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning, as well as marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.