Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE), a consortium of Asian telecommunications carriers managing the ASE cable system, is working with networking systems, services, and software group Ciena to improve the design capacity and sustainability of its cable system.
The Asia Submarine-cable Express cable system is a high-capacity cable system constructed in the Asia-Pacific region designed to cater for the exponential growth in bandwidth requirements for new and revolutionary broadband applications such as IP, video, data and other multimedia services.
Running a total of 8,148km, the ASE high-capacity cable system connects Japan to Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. The system is designed to – potentially – connect to mainland China, as well as other Southeast Asian countries. The system is envisioned to provide seamless interconnection with other major cable systems connecting Europe, the Middle East, other parts of Asia, and the United States.
Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme, leveraging Waveserver 5 powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme and an optical bypass, will deliver more capacity through ASE’s existing cable, enabling improvement in its design capacity of 193%, says Ciena.
Optimized for 100GbE and 400GbE applications with what are described as unmatched scaling capabilities, Waveserver 5 also minimizes ASE’s rack space and reduces power consumption by 60% for a greener solution.
The ASE cable also utilizes Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platforms in a submarine line terminal equipment (SLTE) configuration and manage, control and plan (MCP) domain controller. Ciena Services is providing consulting, systems integration, maintenance and network transformation services to the cable, a collaboration between the region’s telecommunication carriers—NTT Ltd Japan Corporation, PLDT (Philippines), StarHub (Singapore) and Telekom Malaysia.