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Asia-Africa-Europe-1 submarine cable system to add Infinera’s ICE6

The Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) Consortium, owner of one of submarine cable of the same name, will turn to Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) for an upgrade of the undersea network, according to the communications technology provider. AAE-1 will use Infinera’s GX Series Compact Modular Platform enabled with the ICE6 800G coherent engine to double the submarine network’s capacity to more than 100 Tbps. Infinera asserts the project will be the largest-scale submarine upgrade on record.

The 25,000-km AAE-1 submarine cable and terrestrial network entered service in July 2017 (see “Asia-Africa-Europe-1 Consortium launches commercial services on AAE-1 submarine cable system”). The network connects 19 countries on the three continents in its name. The submarine network terminates at two points of presence in Singapore for enhanced route diversity and offers diverse terrestrial routes across Thailand to provide connectivity to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Hong Kong.

“AAE1 is a significant cable system. As international connections become increasingly important and capacity demand continues to rise, it is vital that we upgrade our system with the industry’s most innovative, advanced optical transmission technology,” said Giuseppe Sini, chairman of the AAE-1 Management Committee. “The deployment of Infinera’s ICE6 solution will mark a historic milestone as the largest submarine upgrade in history.”

“AAE-1’s deployment of Infinera’s ICE6 solution across its 25,000-km network is a huge undertaking and accomplishment not many technology companies could achieve,” said Nick Walden, senior vice president, worldwide sales at Infinera. “Infinera is proud to deliver innovative solutions that offer seamless integration, scalable capacity, and value to network operators like AAE-1, and to help our customers deliver vital services to their customers with scale and efficiency.”

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