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Oteglobe and Infinera to turn Greece into major Internet gateway

PIC technology will deliver 100Gbps connections between Greece and Western Europe

Oteglobe, an international telecommunications carrier, has signed an agreement to land a new international submarine cable system, named AAE-1, at Chania, Crete, aimed to transform Greece into a major European Internet gateway to the Middle East and North Africa regions and beyond.

Oteglobe will be expanding its European backbone network using the Infinera DTN-X platform, which can deliver capacity of 100 Gbps coherent transmission via 500 Gbps super-channels, with a plan to support terabit super-channels in the future.

The super-channels are enabled by 500Gbps photonic integrated circuits (PICs) developed and fabricated by Infinera. PICs enable the DTN-X platform to integrate dense wavelength division multiplexing super-channel transmission with up to 12 Tbps of non-blocking optical transport network switching, providing seamless scaling as traffic requirements grow in the future.

The DTN-X uses the Infinera Flexible Grid Line System (FlexILS), which provides higher spectral efficiency than available before, enables a unique architecture integrating Oteglobe's subsea and terrestrial routes, and provides scalability and flexibility that allows Oteglobe to quickly activate extra capacity to meet customer requirements based on super-channel FlexROADM technology with unconstrained switching in the optical layer.

"Our goal is to become the alternative hub in the Mediterranean for the continuously increasing Europe to Asia transit traffic," said Andreou, Oteglobe's CEO. "To address this increasing demand, we deployed Infinera's solution which enables us to enhance the scalability of our backbone with one solution from the Mediterranean to the core of Europe."

"We are pleased to continue to upgrade Oteglobe's network," said Chris Champion, senior vice president, EMEA at Infinera. "With the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, Oteglobe has doubled network capacity and provided increased capacity to its customers at the optical layer. This is a direct result of the deployment of super-channel FlexROADM technology unique to Infinera." 

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