Cinia, ASN Achieve Top Speeds During C-Lion1 Trials

Finland’s Cinia and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) have completed tests on the C-Lion1 submarine cable system demonstrating a record-breaking capacity of 18 Tbit/s of data per fiber pair.

Finland gave a go-ahead for the C-Lion1 submarine data cable across the Baltic Sea in November 2014. The cable system is 1,172 kilometers in length and consists of eight optical fiber pairs with a total capacity of 144 terabits per second (18 Tbit/s x 8 fiber pairs).

The laying project of the Cinia C-Lion1 cable system started in Helsinki on October 12, 2015, and completed early this year when the cable reached its destination in Rostock, Germany.

Taneli Vuorinen, senior vice president at Cinia Group, said: “This result demonstrates Cinia’s ability to provide ultra-high speed connectivity services with lowest latency for data centers, enterprises and data intensive organisations. The C-Lion1 implementation project with ASN was successfully completed as planned, and the new connection is now set to fuel the development of the digital economy.”

Vincent Lemaire, vice president Technical Operations at Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “This achievement showcased the performance of our open wet plant, which offers carriers a unique adaptive evolution for tuning the system capacity and performance throughout the life of a system. With the recent availability of our 1620 SOFTNODE, the ASN solution provides a distinctive networking model to cope with increasing end-user service demands.”

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