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Ciena Corp. to provide system for Europe, India Gateway capacity expansion

Ike Suarez | Oct. 16, 2014
End-to-end terabit upgrade slated for 15,000 kilometers-long international fiber optic submarine cable system.

The Europe, India Gateway (EIG) consortium is greatly expanding the capacity of its 15,000 kilometers-long international fiber optic submarine cable system and  Ciena Corp will  provide this cable system with an end-to-end terabit upgrade.

A Ciena Corp. press statement said the upgrade will provide the cable system with a flexible supply of network capacity to meet increased demand  for data services between Europe and Asia.

The EIG cable system connects 12 countries through three continents and these are the United Kingdom, Portugal, Gibraltar, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates and India.

The press statement said demand for increased data services between Europe and Asia is expected to grow an average of 38 % yearly in the next six years with drivers being e-commerce, data, video, voice services and other bandwith-intensive applications.

EIG consortium members  include the following: AT&T, Bharti Airtel, BT, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Vodafone, Djibouti Telecom, du, Gibtelecom, Libyan Information and Technology Company, MTN Group, Omantel, PT Comunicacoes, Saudi Telecom Company, Telecom Egypt, Telkom SA SOC Ltd and Verizon.



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