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SEA-ME-WE 5 Upgrades with Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme


Surges in 5G and video streaming services drive the need for network scalability, programmability and intelligence between Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe

HANOVER, Md. – September 16, 2019 – Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) recently completed a significant upgrade to the SEA-ME-WE 5 (South East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5) submarine cable system to support enterprise data exchange, internet TV, and online gaming. The upgrade – which was completed ahead of schedule – resulted in an 100% active capacity increase of the cable, enabling faster broadband access to users along the multi-regional data superhighway.


Key Facts:

• The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system is 20,000 km and spans across 17 countries. The cables’ advanced 100Gbps technology is expected to meet multiplying bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia, providing the lowest latency and further enhancing network diversity and resilience in the high-traffic area.
• SEA-ME-WE 5 is able to increase the value of the cable system and accelerate growth by leveraging Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme, which features the 6500 Packet-Optical platform, to meet unpredictable traffic demands and provide new levels of capacity and flexibility for service providers. Additionally, Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai platform will help lower the cost per 100Gbps significantly by increasing the capacity per wave up to 300Gbps.
• Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution which supports an open architecture, will enable SEA-ME-WE 5’s customers to rapidly scale capacity, protect traffic from faults, and lower total cost of network ownership.
• In addition, SEA-ME-WE 5 will also leverage Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller software to get real-time visibility into the performance of the network.


Executive Comments:

• “Ciena is helping us take on future network challenges and maximize the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable with state-of-the-art technology. With Ciena, we are able to deliver the benefits of greater capacity and flexibility to our customers sooner than expected as this latest cable upgrade was completed ahead of schedule.”
– Luigi Sangiorgio and Mukthar Bin Embong, PG Co-Chairs, SEA-ME-WE 5

• “SEA-ME-WE 5’s latest upgrade is a great reflection of the dynamic digital transformation that’s taking place along the Europe to Asia route, which is experiencing an overwhelming demand for capacity. Ciena’s strength in developing subsea innovations affords us a keen understanding of the right mix of technologies needed to transition to adaptive networks that leverage intelligence, scalability and programmability.”
-Ian Clarke, Vice President of Global Submarine Sales, Ciena


About SEA-ME-WE 5
The 20,000-km SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system, spanning over 17 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, is a technological breakthrough which marks a global communications milestone. It was originally designed with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second. The system is currently under upgrade to over 36 Terabit per second on 3-fibre pairs, fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications such as enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 cables’ advanced 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia, providing the lowest latency and further enhancing the network diversity and resilience to the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route. In contrast with other submarine cable systems, the SEA-ME-WE 5’s main endpoints are carrier-neutral/open Points-of-Presence (PoPs) and not just Cable Landing Stations (CLS).
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About Ciena
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a networking systems, services and software company. We provide solutions that help our clients create the Adaptive Network in response to the constantly changing demands of their users. By delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-touch consultative relationships, we build the world’s most agile networks with automation, openness and scale. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @Ciena, LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit

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Contact Information

Press Contacts:
Jamie Moody
Ciena Corporation
+1 410-694-5761

Edina Rozsahegyi
+36 20 983 4425

Investor Contact:
Gregg Lampf
Ciena Corporation
+1 410-694-5700


Türk Telekom International Wins Big at CC Global Awards

14th May 2019, Berlin: The Carrier Community, an exclusive global industry-networking platform for wholesale telecom service providers, successfully hosted its 3rd annual CC-GLOBAL AWARDS. More than 100 guests attended the exclusive event with 24 winning companies celebrating their achievements. The CC-Global Awards were presented at the Central and Eastern Europe CEE 2019 on May 14th 2019 at BESL Meistersaal Berlin.

The awards recognized innovation and achievements among telecom wholesale operators around the globe and were independently judged by a panel of 13 telecoms analysts and experts from the industry.

Turk Telekom International won two awards.




The SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium took the trophy for the BEST SUBSEA CABLE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR.


GDPR Compliance: IT Challenges & Key Aspects

Serhat Ada, Head of IT at TTI

In recent years, we have witnessed – and some of us have endured – an enormous amount of public data breaches, most of which were classified as personal data. A quick web search on this (check would likely reveal that at least one of your personal or corporate accounts was breached at some point in the last few years.

On the other hand, while it has been almost a year since the GDPR was enforced, studies and surveys from the past few months reveal that a considerable percentage of companies still claim to be fully GDPR compliant. In this context, we will review a few key compliance aspects from an IT perspective.

First, the famous Article 32 statement “state of the art security” is something that is widely discussed globally. This definition has been relatively easy to interpret in the IT sector in terms of services provided by IT, such as applying the appropriate access management policies and procedures, client protection, encryption, mobile device management, SIEM etc., and mostly applying ITIL good-practices and CobIT framework. Where IT teams have had the most difficulty is deciphering how all of these practices are to be applied to business data (data owned and managed by different business teams) which tends to become unstructured over time. One of the key reasons for this challenge is the expectation that since IT is championing the process of GDPR compliance (together with Legal/Regulation teams), business teams should be presented with a solution that does not change or disturb the “business as usual” conducted pre-GDPR.

The identification and classification of all data sources, content, and “personal data” is key to having complete control over how data is being handled, provisioned, and secured as part of mature IT services. In order to do so, preventing data silos is a crucial step that IT should continuously fight for. Separated data silos inevitably lead to uncontrolled domains which by-pass the procedures and controls in place. The emphasis here is not to be strict in terms of meeting the service requests of the business, but rather to champion business and provide guidance on designs that satisfy business needs while keeping central governance over the complete picture of corporate data sources.

Since we mentioned central governance, it goes without saying that the IT landscape, – in order to deliver measurable good practices should be centralized as well (either fully or on a policy-basis) and be fully covered within an identity management governance method. Depending on many variables, such as company size, sector (and hence regulation levels), and application landscape, companies may either go for complete identity management solutions, which is advised from an auditability perspective, or they may go for a custom designed, tailor-fit process that flows with coordination from the application teams. No matter what solution, the key is to keep these identity and role management related transactions as part of the IT Service Management scope (and suite) so that they are measurable, auditable, and in a continuous improvement cycle that can be applied over time with certain metrics.

As the main line of active defence, maintaining a high level of operational security, and therefore designing and maintaining an effective SOC (Security Operations Center), is a must. Naturally, it goes without saying that SOCs should have state of the art tools at their disposal, such as network monitoring, security incident and event monitoring tools, by leveraging AI with accurate correlations. On top of that, there are two factors that keep SOC effective:

1) a good command over the configuration (even customization/setup competences) of such solutions and

2) lean and close collaboration with NOC and Data Protection Officers/Breach Response Teams.

Only when the Data Breach Management process of the GDPR is combined with an effective Information Security Management framework can rapid, accurate and decisive reactions be assured.

As always, trying to keep the momentum going and hence continuous improvement cycles will deliver progressive results and make steps forward.

Serhat Ada, Head of IT at TTI 

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