Surges in 5G and video streaming services drive the need for network scalability

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 company said.

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.

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.

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.

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