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SEA-ME-WE 5 at Submarine Networks World 2019

Event: 16-18 September 2019: Submarine Networks World 2019

The SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium was a silver sponsor at Submarine Networks World 2019 (16-18 September). This event is held every year in Singapore and is the world’s largest annual gathering of subsea communications leaders. The SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium was the juice bar and the seat-cover sponsor as well during the event.

The consortium had a very intensive speaker present at the conference as Pal Beres SEA-ME-WE 5 MC Member, Market and Commercial Development Director, Turk Telekom International on behalf of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium participated at the poster session and gave a presentation about the latest up-dates of the SEA-ME-WE 5 project. Mahesh Jaishankar SEA-ME-WE 5 MC Member, Vice President International Connectivity & Infrastructure, du represented the consortium as a panelist in the panel discussing “Moving towards DC-centric, global network topology – Where are the new data hubs of connectivity? – How will data centers continue to build on the subsea cable boom through partnerships, acquisitions & data center designs? – Innovations in PoP-to-PoP design”. Luigi Sangiorgio SMW5 PG Co-Chairman, Network Operations Director, Sparkle took a Moderator role at the Project Developer Round Table.

With global submarine cable capacity forecast to grow by 143% by 2022, the role of the undersea network has clearly evolved into mission critical infrastructure, supporting today’s fast-paced global economy. Firmly established as the world’s largest annual gathering of the global subsea communications community, Submarine Networks world offered a dedicated platform to exchange knowledge, explore the latest projects and develop strategies and lucrative new partnerships to drive the industry forward.

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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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.


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