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From: FUBHO9/19/2017 11:27:50 AM
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Acacia Can Ride the Rise of Silicon Photonics, Says MKM

ByTiernan Ray
Updated Sept. 18, 2017 7:25 p.m. ET

MKM Partners networking analyst Michael Genovese this afternoon initiated coverage of fiber-optic component supplier Acacia Communications ( ACIA) with a Buy rating, and a $64 price target, writing that it is the "only optical components name we would recommend to long-term investors with a 3+ yr time horizon."

Acacia is poised, he believes, to replace the “digital signal processor,” or DSP, that various networking vendors develop “in house” for their equipment.

"In our view, Ciena is the only in-house DSP maker that can challenge Acacia for technological leadership over the long term,” writes Genovese, referring to fiber-optic networking giant Ciena ( CIEN).

Acacia’s pace of innovation will outstrip most of these other vendors, he writes:
Optical transceivers operating at 40+G speeds and 50+km distances require electronic DSP chips to overcome dispersion. Several of the large Optical systems vendors have in-house DSPs they refresh every 2+ years, with each new DSP costing $50mn-$75mn to develop. Acacia is the leading merchant DSP vendor. It sells six DSPs, and it introduces a new one every 12-18 months. Merchant solutions have ~1/3 of the DSP market share. We expect this share to grow over time driven by purchases from vendors that have in-house DSPs. Some of the larger systems players are looking to diversify DSP sourcing for application flexibility and because of the high cost and long development cycles for in-house DSPs. In case you were wondering who those system vendors are, they include Ciena and all its competitors, as Genovese outlines in a chart in the report:

Some of the things that have recently hampered the company are looking like they’ll improve, such as the slump in demand from China that has hit all the vendors, writes Genovese:
Acacia missed 1H17 expectations because of weak Chinese demand, lumpiness in its DCI opportunity and a contract manufacturer product quality issue that caused supply constraints. All of these factors are now improving […] Acacia is seeing improved order rates, compared to 1H17, from its large Chinese customer (ZTE) driven by inventory normalization and formerly delayed backbone expansion projects that are now moving ahead. It is also seeing improved order rates in the DCI market, particularly from a Tier 1 Hyperscale that it sells 400G modules to directly.

He likes the company’s lead in moving up to higher and higher speeds with its DSPs:
The company has a new 1.2Tbps DSP chip scheduled to be generally available in mid-2018. It is also the strong market leader in the emerging CFP2-DCO module category with over 15 customers. ACIA has roughly 1,000bps higher GMs than its peers due to selling DSP-ASICs and from Silicon Photonics. We think it merits a valuation premium to the group

(For more on Ciena’s efforts with its WaveLogic DSP chipset, see my recent interview with Ciena CEO Gary Smith.)

Genovese sees the silicon approach of Acacia winning out over the exotic materials such as indium phosphide used in most of fiber-optics component manufacture:
We believe the demand trends in Optical transceivers, including faster and faster speeds and smaller and smaller form factors, bode well for SiPh over time. Acacia views CMOS-based optics as key to lowering overall system design costs. Photonic integration reduces the number of discrete components and saves on packaging costs. Acacia’s transceivers do not need lenses, do not need to be hermetically sealed, and have especially compact waveguide designs. Wafer-level testing (testing chips while still on the silicon wafer) also helps save on costs. Over the long term, we believe SiPh is the best positioned technology to deliver compact, low- power, low-cost modules. As the technology continues to develop, SiPh should enable greater component integration densities over time. It also offers co-packaging opportunities with electronics such as DSP-ASICs, amplifiers, and drivers. All of this promises to reduce the power consumption and costs of coherent modules going forward. Some of the near-term impediments that need to be overcome are the lack of uniformity in design, processes, and techniques being used by today’s SiPh industry players. However, as volumes increase we expect to see more uniform tools and processes take center stage.

As far as estimates, Genovese sees Acacia making $417 million in revenue and $1.90 per share in the fiscal year ending this December, just slightly above consensus for $416 million and $1.87.

For 2018, he models $513 million and $2.59 per share, which is also higher than consensus for $416 million and $1.87 per share.

For a different take on silicon photonics, see my recent interview with Stefan Murry, the CFO of optical component vendor Applied Optoelectronics ( AAOI).

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From: FUBHO9/19/2017 4:36:19 PM
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Edge Computing is Exploding Because “Speed of Light Sucks”

Why next-generation applications will change data center site selection forever

“Speed of light sucks,” is a quote Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO, likes to use in conference presentations when explaining why the world will soon have many small data centers in many places. The quote is by John Carmack, the American game developer behind blockbusters like Doom and Quake.

Carmack was talking about the limit on network speeds imposed by nature itself – a kind of latency engineers behind the rising wave of next-generation applications are going to have to solve for. This is why Vapor is placing a big bet on edge computing and specifically on data center infrastructure to support edge computing.

The computing horsepower that’s rendering video for VR or AR eyewear will have to be close enough to that eyewear to produce quality virtual experiences; data produced by the Internet of Things will have to be ingested by the networks of computers that analyze it closer to the things that generate it;

autonomous vehicles will need to communicate with external networks in near-real-time.

And demand for edge computing is on the rise even for applications that are already common today. Biggest among them is high-resolution digital video; the closer content providers can cache popular video to large concentrations of viewers, the less they have to pay carriers for transporting it over their networks, and the higher the quality of user experience they can deliver. Another one is cloud; the closer an enterprise cloud provider can put its network node to its end users, the better their services will perform.

Cell towers, small-cell sites, and other types of wireless network infrastructure are a natural fit as locations for edge computing. This is why Vapor earlier this year partnered with Crown Castle, the largest wireless tower company in the US, which also became an investor in the startup. Together, the companies launched Volutus, which provides services to companies that are building out this next-generation edge computing infrastructure.

Last week Crawford joined us in San Francisco to explain why speed of light sucks exactly, and what Vapor and Crown Castle are doing about it on the latest episode of The Data Center Podcast:

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From: FUBHO9/19/2017 4:50:20 PM
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Equinix Opens New ‘Cloud Dense’ Data Center in Silicon Valley

September 18, 2017
10:38 am PT
Equinix’s newest data center, a $122 million facility in Silicon Valley, will help meet the growing demand for interconnection, according to Karl Strohmeyer, president of the Americas at Equinix.

In an interview with SDxCentral at the building’s grand opening last week, Strohmeyer said Equinix has more than 240,000 interconnection points, which link network, cloud and IT service providers, and enterprise customers. Strohmeyer calls these digital ecosystems.
“That is what is driving the digital economy,” he said. “They all need to come together and interconnect and exchange traffic in a low-latency environment. That happens on our platform. And SV10 is especially cloud dense.”

SV10 is the name of the new center, located at the Equinix San Jose, California campus. The company now operates 13 Silicon Valley data center sites and 182 facilities globally.

Strohmeyer won’t name the cloud providers located at the San Jose campus. But the Equinix Cloud Exchange, which gives enterprises direct connections to cloud providers, includes Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Bluemix, Alibaba Cloud, and, as of last month, SAP Cloud.

“More than 90 percent of the Internet traffic on the west coast goes through the Silicon Valley campus,” he said. “On this campus we have the largest Internet service providers, the largest cloud service providers, the largest managed services provider, and the largest enterprises all as customers. I think there’s over 600 customers on the campus in Silicon Valley, and they’re all interconnecting with each other.”

According to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, the U.S. is the largest and most advanced region for interconnection bandwidth growth, with 82 percent of enterprises’ bandwidth expected to be dedicated to interconnection to networks and cloud by 2020.

Silicon Valley represents one of the top four fastest-growing regions within the U.S., with a forecasted 39 percent interconnection bandwidth growth through 2020.

Having these hyperscale cloud providers as customers benefits Equinix’s enterprise customers that are moving to hybrid and multicloud environments. But it’s important for Equinix’s service provider customers as well, Strohmeyer said.

“Because they all know that their end customer is not going to just buy their stuff. They’re going to want [ Microsoft] Office 365 for their desktop, they’re going to want Oracle for whatever, they’re going to want SAP for their ERP [enterprise resource planning],” he explained. “And because of that multicloud environment, they come to Equinix.”

In addition to providing connectivity to cloud service providers, Equinix Silicon Valley sites provide access to network services from more than 125 providers including AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, and Cisco.

The company offers direct connection between customers at the new SV10 and the seven other Equinix IBX data centers in Silicon Valley via low-latency dark fiber links between sites.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (3223)9/20/2017 9:29:50 PM
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Acacia Communications debuts 1.2-Tbps AC1200 coherent optical module

September 20, 2017
By Lightwave Staff

Acacia Communications (NASDAQ: ACIA) says it plans to begin sampling a 1.2-Tbps coherent optical module during the first half of next year. The AC1200 Coherent will leverage the company's Pico coherent DSP to transmit a pair of 600-Gbps wavelengths. It also will occupy a footprint 40% smaller than current 5x7-inch optical modules, the company asserts.

The AC1200 module will feature "continuous baud rate adjustment" to optimize spectrum use, a patented fractional QAM modulation capability designed to enable the selection of QAM constellations with what Acacia terms "very fine resolution," and enhanced software-defined forward error correction (SD-FEC). The coherent module also will support encryption and a variety of host interfaces.

Acacia says it will offer a software development kit for the coherent optical module as well.

The company expects the AC1200 to find use in a wide range of applications, including data center interconnect, metro, long-haul, and submarine networks. The company is positioning the AC1200 as an alternative to the 5x7-inch 400-Gbps optical modules Lumentum, NeoPhotonics, and Oclaro are developing using DSP technology from Ciena (see "Ciena to license WaveLogic Ai coherent DSP to optical module vendors").

Acacia also attracted commentary from a high-profile source for the announcement.

"Our growth is continually driving the need for better optical performance within the network. Technology that raises the bar with high baud rate integrated photonics and signal processing algorithms in a well-architected interconnect solution provide the high performance that is imperative," said Glenn Wellbrock, director of optical transport network architecture, design and planning, Verizon, via Acacia's press release.

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From: FUBHO9/21/2017 12:19:22 AM
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Infinera and Seaborn Set Subsea Industry Benchmark for Capacity-Reach with XTS-3300 on Seabras-1

September 20, 2017

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Infinera, a provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, and Seaborn Networks (Seaborn), a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine cable systems, announced the successful completion of a subsea field trial demonstrating the industry’s highest spectral efficiency on an ultra-long-haul subsea cable. The 8QAM trial demonstrated 4.5 bits per second per hertz on the Seabras-1 cable, owned and operated by Seaborn, with a distance of more than 10,500 kilometers (km), enabling up to 50 percent more capacity than systems without advanced coherent technologies such as Nyquist sub-carriers and SD-FEC gainsharing. This trial raises the bar for optical performance by delivering the industry’s highest spectral efficiency in a commercially shipping product.

Infinera and Seaborn validated the performance of the Infinera XTS-3300 meshponder featuring the Advanced Coherent Toolkit (ACT) on the Seabras-1 submarine cable, helping Seaborn to maximize the return on its cable assets. Seabras-1 is one of the world’s longest uncompensated subsea cables, directly connecting North and South America. Seaborn is the exclusive operator of a Seabras-1 route that has deployed XTS-3300.

The XTS-3300 is based on Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine 4 (ICE4) and is optimized for long-haul subsea applications. The groundbreaking performance of ICE4 technology incorporates unique technologies to boost capacity-reach performance including digitally synthesized Nyquist subcarriers, enhanced pre- and post-dispersion compensation, improved non-linear tolerance and SD-FEC gain sharing which is only possible with dual-channel DSPs like Infinera’s. These capabilities collectively support up to 18.2 terabits per second per fiber for distances over 10,000 km, powered by ICE4’s leadership in spectral efficiency.

“This is an impressive achievement that far surpasses what we expected. Infinera has distinguished itself as an industry leader in delivering outstanding subsea optical performance,” said Larry W. Schwartz, Chairman and CEO, Seaborn Networks.
“The Infinera XTS-3300 meshponders deliver industry-leading performance over Seabras-1 and validate Infinera's technology leadership in subsea transmission. The capacity upgrade maximizes our return on investment and further underscores the uniqueness of Seaborn’s capacity on Seabras-1.”

“We are delighted with the performance of the XTS-3300 and the Infinite Capacity Engine 4 for subsea applications. The XTS-3300 delivers industry leading capacity-reach performance for our subsea customers where spectral efficiency is paramount and bandwidth demand is growing at more than 45 percent per year,” said Dave Welch, President and Co-Founder, Infinera. “Infinera delivers unparalleled optical performance, helping to enable the success of our customers as they transform their subsea networks to cloud scale.”

About Seaborn Networks
Seaborn Networks is a leading developer-owner-operator of independent submarine fiber optic cable systems, including Seabras-1 between New York and São Paulo, and ARBR between São Paulo and Buenos Aires (projected ready-for-service Q4 2018).

About Infinera
Infinera ( INFN) provides Intelligent Transport Networks, enabling carriers, cloud operators, governments and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and automate optical network operations. Infinera’s end-to-end packet-optical portfolio is designed for long-haul, subsea, data center interconnect and metro applications. Infinera’s unique large scale photonic integrated circuits enable innovative optical networking solutions for the most demanding networks. To learn more about Infinera visit, follow us on Twitter @Infinera and read our latest blog posts at

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Cloud Scale Multi-terabit Transport – Scale Up Instantly

September 20, 2017
By Dan Parsons
Sr. Manager, Architecture Marketing

Cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud…it seems that every other word in our industry is “cloud.” Rightly so, because it has become the center of the new era of the digital communication and information technology (IT) landscape for business. Almost everything we do with our smart devices involves the cloud, and connectivity is required for many of the apps we run on our tablets, laptops and smart phones.

The cloud is essentially the infrastructure of the World Wide Web transformed to an amalgamated compute, storage and network infrastructure. The compute and storage resources are virtualized and hosted on servers in data centers (DCs) that are interconnected all over the world through an optical transport network.

User bandwidth growth is tracking Nielsen’s Law at about 50 percent per year, and the number of connected devices is rapidly moving toward an estimate of 50 billion by 2025. As end-user traffic grows so does the traffic between data centers, and data center interconnect (DCI) capacity is growing at almost 50 percent per year. As a result, cloud scale transport is imperative for optical infrastructure.

What Is Cloud Scale Transport?

Fundamentally, it is the same principles that are used within the DC applied to the transport network –capacity and performance that are instantly scalable from a virtual infinite pool of resources, with standards-based open software and networking. Using these principles, the cloud is resilient, automated, offers easy point-and-click operation, is enabled by simple rack-and-stack equipment and is programmable to host any application.

Figure 1: Principles of Cloud Scale Transport

These principles are applied in part to traditional telecom transport equipment. However, without an underlying core photonic technology and architecture, traditional transport equipment cannot scale with the cloud.

Consider just the cloud scale principle of scaling capacity. Within the DC, performance can be scaled up on a single server and/or scaled out across multiple servers by instantly accessing a virtual infinite pool of resources. It appears infinite because compute and storage resources can be returned to the pool and used again, or in cloud terms, scaled up/down and out/in. However, for traditional optical transport equipment, instant scale up is limited to a single wavelength and not the entire spectrum if no other wavelengths are available and ready for service.

An Example

The value of cloud scale transport can be seen in subsea applications, where only a few fiber pairs are typically available and distances can be more than 10,000 kilometers. In addition, subsea capacity demand increases at about 50 percent per year, driven primarily by content service providers. A subsea communication service provider (CSP) has two options to address this issue: either to increase the capacity of the current optical channels on the transport network or to add more channels. For subsea transport, increasing channel capacity may not be viable – for example, if the capacity-reach performance limits of the current technology have been reached and 50 percent more capacity is required, the only option then is to add more optical channels or wavelengths. The CSP faces the dilemma of how many channels to add – what will result in the best return on investment (ROI)? Subsea wavelengths are not cheap. Unless the CSP has idle optical channels on its multi-terabit transport network, the following series of events must take place to scale up the network with the new optical capacity:

Planning (Engineering)+ 1/2 week
Ordering hardware (Procurement)+ 1/2 week
Delivery+ 10 weeks
Installation and commissioning (Operations)+ 2 weeks

In this typical deployment example, the new capacity is only turned up after more than two months involving three different departments. Although the cloud drove the demand, the traditional subsea transport network could not scale with the cloud. The real impact was that about three weeks of operational costs were incurred and two months of revenue was lost. In the age of the cloud, this is unacceptable. Clearly, cloud scale transport is more than just big fat pipes – it’s the ability to scale up optical capacity instantly and economically from an infinite pool of resources, just like inside the DC.

Consider the cloud scale Infinera Intelligent Transport Network with the embedded fourth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) and the Instant Bandwidth solution for the subsea application. A flexible, pre-qualified, multi-terabit-per-second pool of capacity is available that can be accessed instantly for scaling up and down services with the click of a mouse. The ramifications of this are enormous. Not only are almost two months of the traditional deployment cycle eliminated, but the CSP can respond to business opportunities quickly, realize faster time to revenue and offer new types of service such as on-demand wavelengths. With cloud scale transport, the subsea CSP can offer competitive and differentiated services and realize better ROI, leading to higher brand value.

The ability to scale up transport capacity at cloud scale is not only obvious in its value but also necessary. Leveraging the combined cloud principles of scaling up capacity, scaling out the network, open software and networking and an infinite pool of virtual capacity is possible with key technologies like ICE4, intelligent transport architectures and application software. In future blogs on cloud scale transport, we’ll consider the other three key principles – stay tuned!

For more information, please contact us.

Related links:

Webinar: Cloud Scale Optical Network Questions? Get the Answers

Web page: Infinite Capacity Engine
Blog: The Five Steps to Cognitive Networking (Part 1)
Blog: The Five Steps to Cognitive Networking (Part 2)

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    From: FUBHO9/22/2017 11:28:37 AM
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    Haven't been able to find an article that states who the gear vendor is. Maybe they are using more than one.

    Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius complete 160Tbps Marea subsea cable

    22 September 2017 | Natalie Bannerman

    Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius confirm the completed construction of 6,600km-long subsea cable from Virginia Beach to Bilbao, Spain.

    The cable named Marea, which means tide in Spanish, is the highest capacity cable to cross the Atlantic, offering up to 160Tbps. It is expected to be operational by early 2018.

    Because of the choice in landing point, the Marea cable is well situated to connect to network hubs in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, while its bandwidth will help it meet the growing demand for the internet and cloud services.

    "Marea comes at a critical time," said Brad Smith, president of Microsoft. "Submarine cables in the Atlantic already carry 55% more data than trans-Pacific routes and 40% more data than between the US and Latin America. There is no question that the demand for data flows across the Atlantic will continue to increase and Marea will provide a critical connection for the United States, Spain, and beyond."

    The cable has been built with an open framework in mind and is interoperable with a variety of networking equipment, it can therefore grow and evolve with technology, in line with future demand and user needs.

    Najam Ahmad, vice president of network engineering for Facebook, said that through Marea’s flexible design and functionality it enables the company to reach its goal to give users "deep connections and shared experiences". He added: "Obviously, connectivity is one part of achieving that goal. Marea will help us connect people more quickly and efficiently. More broadly, robust connectivity can help a wide variety of people build relationships and collaborate between countries and across cultures."

    Construction of the cable began in August 2016 and the laying of subsea cable began only five months ago. From design all the way through to construction Marea was completed in under two years – almost three times faster than the average subsea cable project.

    Rafael Arranz, chief operating officer for Telxius, says: "All of these applications, especially everything that is driven by video, consume a huge amount of bandwidth. So everybody needs to be connected with a high-volume, high-bandwidth infrastructure. With its unique route, this cable is going to be able to absorb and deliver back-and-forth traffic to strengthen communications, not just across the Atlantic, but across the globe."

    As a result of the completion of the cable, the local business community in Virginia has already felt some advantages. Robert Hudome, the Virginia Beach Development Authority’s senior project development manager, said: "We’re already seeing a lot of interest in data centres being developed here because of the connectivity of the cable. And it’s not just national, it’s also international. We see this as an opportunity for a whole new industry sector to develop and bring new capital investment and jobs with it."

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    To: FUBHO who wrote (3230)9/22/2017 11:31:13 AM
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    Seaborn tests technology to boost Seabras-1 by 50%
    22 September 2017 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

    Seaborn Networks says it could increase capacity of its new Seabras-1 subsea cable by 50% using new optical technology.

    The cable company and its technology vendor, Infinera, say they have completed a trial on the newly opened cable that demonstrates much higher efficiency.

    Larry Schwartz, chairman and CEO of Seaborn Networks, said: "The capacity upgrade maximises our return on investment and further underscores the uniqueness of Seaborn’s capacity on Seabras-1."

    The trial "demonstrated 4.5 bits per second per hertz on the Seabras-1 cable", said Seaborn, over a distance of more than 10,500km. Seabras-1, which went into service earlier this month, links Brazil and the US.

    Dave Welch, president and co-founder of Infinera, said the technology used "delivers industry-leading capacity-reach performance for our subsea customers where spectral efficiency is paramount and bandwidth demand is growing at more than 45% per year".

    The technology supports "up to 18.2Tbps per fibre for distances over 10,000km", said Seaborn.

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    From: FUBHO9/24/2017 9:26:11 PM
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    Andy Bax Talks About Turning Up Seabras-1

    September 21, 2017

    By Scott Jackson
    Vice President, Subsea Business Group

    Andy Bax, COO at Seaborn NetworksRecently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Bax, Chief Operating Officer of Seaborn Networks. Our discussion is captured below.

    Scott: Thanks for taking the time to chat today, Andy. Can you start by telling us a bit about Seaborn Networks?

    Andy: We are the only truly independent developer-owner-operator of submarine cable systems, which enables us to be flexible in both our architecture and business approach to building and operating subsea cable systems. Everything we do is in house, and from our design and engineering teams to our fully operational network operations centers (NOCs), sales and finance teams, our entire organization is solely focused on subsea.

    Scott: What is Seaborn’s business model and what makes you different?

    Andy: We’re changing the way submarine cable capacity is bought and sold by introducing the industry’s first carrier-neutral business model. We combine innovative pricing and agreements that are only possible with the flexibility of an independent cable operator. We’re using a “pay-as-you-grow” model for content providers, carriers, governments and internet service providers (ISPs).

    Scott: What can you tell us about Seabras-1?

    Andy: It’s our subsea cable from New York City to São Paulo. The system is the culmination of more than five years of hard work and more than $520 million USD of project financing. It’s owned by the Seabras Group, a combination of Seaborn and our equity investor Partners Group, and provides an exciting platform for future systems. With a projected build time of 18 months, Seabras-1 was ready for operation on time and on budget!

    Seaborn Networks’ Seabras-1 Subsea CableScott: That’s a great story! What are the reach and capacity of Seabras-1?

    Andy: Seabras-1 is a combination of over 10,600 kilometers (km) of submarine fiber, more than 750 km of terrestrial fiber, and 13 points of presence (POPs) spread across São Paulo, New York, New Jersey and two cable stations. As the longest in-service, fully coherent subsea system designed specifically for 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) technology from day one, until a little while ago it was expected to support 12 terabits per second (Tb/s) per fiber pair of capacity. However, we were very pleased to recently set an industry benchmark for capacity-reach performance by verifying up to 18.2 Tb/s for one of our Seaborn fiber pairs using 8QAM with the Infinera XTS-3300.

    Scott: Thank you. We were very pleased and excited as well about this achievement. Besides the wet plant or government approvals, what was your biggest concern over getting Seabras-1 into service on time?

    Andy: The list of potential challenges in building a cable system of this magnitude, together with the enhanced terrestrial networks across so many different POP locations, is way too long to write down, but as a seasoned project team we focused heavily on ensuring that we not only picked the best construction and permitting/licensing partners possible, but also worked closely with them to maintain the timelines we had set ourselves. Front of our minds at all times was making sure we did not make the same mistakes that are often made on projects like this, so we made sure, for example, that our cable stations, backhaul fiber networks and POP locations were secured and in place well before the subsea cable was ready to be lit. I think for many people in our sector, the fact that our cable station and terrestrial network in Brazil were ready well ahead of the date we needed them was a major accomplishment for Seaborn. That’s not to say we didn’t run into challenges along the way, but they were nothing that we didn’t expect and that we had plans for how to address ahead of time.

    Scott: Did it take longer than expected to get the initial link results once the subsea fibers were available?

    Andy: I have to say that we were both amazed and delighted with how quickly the initial link results from Infinera were available. In less than 30 minutes, Seabras-1 was active and performance expectations were exceeded. Of course, we just shrugged as if we’d expected that to be the case all along, but the Infinera project folks knew we were delighted.

    Scott: Thanks for the compliment! What do you feel is the biggest differentiator that you have as a subsea cable operator?

    Andy: Our innovation, focus on service and flexibility. As examples, our SeaCloud and on-demand services. In an industry where capacity can only be bought in set amounts and takes weeks if not months to deliver across what are fairly basic networks, we have taken the view that in today’s cloud environment that’s just not acceptable. We’re taking the pain out of international connectivity with flexible bandwidth offerings that grow as you do and that we deliver within two days. We’re also delivering SeaSpeed, providing the lowest latency link between the financial centers of Brazil and the U.S. When you take our enhanced level of service, SeaSpeed and the fact that Seabras-1 is the only direct cable system between the U.S. and Brazil, this is a game changer in our industry and a key factor in enabling a broader competitive landscape on key international routes.

    Scott: How did Infinera help you realize SeaCloud?

    Andy: It’s the cloud scale Instant Bandwidth solution that starts with the DTN-X XTS 3300. It’s a high-capacity 1 rack unit (1RU) rack-and-stack meshponder that fits into the data center but connects directly to the wet plant and delivers outstanding capacity-reach performance. With a click of a mouse we can turn up 100G instantly. Combined with Infinera’s bandwidth-on-demand service, we are able to add network capacity within minutes, as opposed to going through the traditional, and painful, upgrade path. This means we can deliver our SeaCloud service to anyone on any scale.

    Scott: That’s the power of Instant Bandwidth. And may I ask why you chose Infinera?

    Andy: We look for certain attributes in a partner and in any relationship that we commit to. In Infinera we have a partner that is leading the field in technology and deployment capabilities and has shown a commitment to our partnership that matches our own. Just as importantly for us, we see Infinera as being very much aligned with our thinking and approach with innovation, flexibility and a willingness to work with us, even on our craziest of ideas! At the end of the day it’s all about delivering on your promises, and they have not missed a beat.

    Scott: We all agree with that! What’s next for Seaborn?

    Andy: With Seabras-1 now ready for operations, we are excited about changing the landscape of subsea cable operations and leading the field in terms of service and delivery performance. And of course, there are more subsea cables to come. We’ll shortly be starting the build of Argentina’s first independent subsea cable system connecting it to Brazil (ARBR) and linking it with Seabras-1. There are plenty more subsea cable opportunities for us out there, and we’ll be making some exciting announcements in the coming months around what they are.

    For more information on Infinera’s subsea solutions, please contact us.

    Related links:

    Press Release: Infinera and Seaborn Set Subsea Industry Benchmark for Capacity-Reach with XTS-3300 on Seabras-1Press Release: Seaborn Lights Seabras-1 Subsea Network to Offer Cloud Scale Services On Demand with Infinera XTS-3300 MeshpondersVideo: Seaborn Lights Subsea Cable in MinutesBlog: The Future of the Cloud Lies Under the SeaAndy Bax is Chief Operating Officer at Seaborn Networks. Infinera thanks him for his contribution.

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