Telecom Egypt deployed Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 in MENA

Telecom Egypt has deployed Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme to maximise its capacity along the Mediterranean segment of Telecom Egypt’s Middle East North Africa (MENA) submarine cable system. This is set to give Telecom Egypt the highest capacity per wavelength, which the company says will reduce cost per bit and provide more spectral and power efficiency.

The telco also uses Ciena’s manage, control and plan (MCP) next-generation domain controller that unifies network and service management to automate the submarine network’s operations.

Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager at Ciena, commented on the project saying: “Submarine cables are critical infrastructure that underpins and powers the connectivity needs of today’s global internet user base. Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution, powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme, allows Telecom Egypt to realize huge savings in power, footprint, latency, and cost. In addition, the adoption of MCP also supports a network that is intelligent, automated, and simpler to manage”.

On the other hand, Adel Hamed, Managing Director and CEO at Telecom Egypt, added: “The deployment of Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme on our MENA cable is an important achievement that will support the increasing global demand for bandwidth services. We are very keen on collaborating with renowned market players to obtain and utilize the latest solutions that increase our network capacities and provide our customers with unmatched network solutions”.

It has to be noted that the MENA Submarine Cable is an 8,800km system that connects Italy, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and India and serves as an important piece of infrastructure that transmits international traffic. The new technology will offer Telecom Egypt’s mesh network a new gateway to Europe through Italy in addition to the current one in Marseille. The mesh network is a system that spans the Mediterranean Sea, crosses Egypt and extends into Singapore.

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