OTEGLOBE Deploys Infinera ICE4 Technology


Athens-based OTEGLOBE has deployed Infinera’s industry-leading fourth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) technology to double the capacity on its international subsea network.

The undersea telecommunication network connecting the Greece and Italy owned by OTEGLOBE will have double capacity using Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine.

OTEGLOBE is a network backbone operator who offers telecommunication services to carriers, ISPs and business customers in Southern Europe. OTEGLOBE is 100 percent owned by OTE, which is the main Greek telecommunications provider.

OTEGLOBE operates 2 wide area networks that form the south-eastern European Internet backbone, GWEN (Greek Western European Network) and TBN (Trans Balkan Network)as well as an IP MPLS network.

OTEGLOBE offers a number of wholesale telecommunication services to high-capacity carriers and multi-site organizations such as Capacity services (via the GWEN and TBN wide area networks), Data/IP services, and Voice services.

Infinera’s ICE4 technology delivered the terabit capacity and reach OTEGLOBE required for its repeater-less subsea cables, enabling the company to meet the increasing demands of its wholesale customers. The two unrepeatered subsea cables between Greece and Italy, of approximately 350 kilometers each, are a key part of OTEGLOBE’s network and are essential for OTEGLOBE to extract maximum capacity from that asset.

By combining a resilient subsea route with its terrestrial European network, OTEGLOBE provides an alternative route for wholesale carriers in Europe to connect to Asia and the rest of the world via its Mediterranean hub in Greece. Traffic from Asia is routed through the AAE-1 subsea cable to OTEGLOBE’s landing station at Chania, then on through OTEGLOBE’s diverse and protected terrestrial network to Europe, ensuring resilience and diversity in the region. Chania can also be used as an alternative landing in EMEA, attracting new cables that can benefit from OTEGLOBE’s reliable network.

Infinera’s ICE4 technology delivered more than double the capacity on OTEGLOBE’s network, taking advantage of the unique features of this optical engine that include Nyquist subcarriers, soft-decision forward error correction gain sharing, and photonic integrated circuit-based shared wavelength locker technology.

Greece is becoming a significant alternative hub for network capacity, connecting Europe to Asia and the rest of the world. Infinera’s wholesale customers are increasingly demanding higher bandwidth and more reliable services. In order to meet their needs, Infinera introduced the ICE4 technology and managed to reach 10.8 Tb/s on the repeater-less subsea links.

OTEGLOBE’s terrestrial network is powered by Infinera’s solutions, and the upgrade of its subsea cable system with ICE4 underscores the value of Infinera technology in thriving terrestrial and subsea applications. By deploying Infinera’s innovative ICE-based subsea solution, OTEGLOBE is able to significantly increase capacity on legacy cables.

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