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Ciena Adaptive Network Powers Southern Cross Cables Continual Expansion


Deployment of Ciena's GeoMesh Extreme is the first of its kind

To address skyrocketing customer demands for connectivity on the
Southern Cross network, fueled by cloud, HD video, internet of things
(IoT) and more, Southern Cross Cables has significantly enhanced the
scale, programmability and intelligence of its network by deploying
Ciena's (NYSE:CIEN) WaveLogic
tunable coherent optics and the 6500 T-series.
With these solutions from Ciena, Southern Cross' network can quickly
adapt and respond, in real-time to changing and unexpected user demands.

Southern Cross Cables' deployment of Ciena's GeoMesh
solution is the first subsea deployment of WaveLogic Ai over
compensated cable and includes the first deployment of 200Gbps
wavelengths between Sydney and Auckland. The industry-leading
functionality of Ciena's WaveLogic Ai allows Southern Cross to monitor
links in real-time, so it can determine the ideal capacity for each
channel across any path. WaveLogic Ai also provides massive scalability
by allowing Southern Cross to add an additional 6.4Tbps of wavelength
expansion across its subsea and terrestrial networks.

Southern Cross' existing programmable infrastructure is further enhanced
with the introduction of the Ciena 6500 T-Series platform that scales to
24Tbps OTN switching capacity for efficient traffic grooming and
includes Ciena's advanced multi-layer control plane software to maximize
network resiliency.

In addition, Southern Cross' utilisation of Ciena's Blue
Planet Manage, Control, and Plan (MCP)
software for improved network
visibility through real-time software control, along with big data
analytics and advanced network functionality through the Blue
Planet Network Health Predictor
, Performance
and Blue Planet V-WAN
services underpin its position as one of the most flexible, and customer
responsive submarine cable providers in the world.

"Our customers' needs are changing almost daily as they move towards the
cloud and larger web-scale data flows, particularly between continents,"
said Southern Cross Cable Network Director of Marketing and Sales,
Craige Sloots.

"Ciena's technology not only boosts the capacity of our Southern Cross
undersea cable, but also adds a level of intelligence and service
capability that is unmatched in submarine cable networks anywhere in the
world. Southern Cross' success is driven by our focus on flexibility and
service, and our partnership with Ciena allows us to adapt the network
as required to proactively manage and grow with changing user demands."

The company is already using its multi-path network and Ciena upgrades
to minimise the impact of network incidents and planned work on Southern
Cross' customers by proactively switching customers to other paths or
ramping capacity up or down as required, reducing disruption and keeping
customers connected. This capability is simply unachievable on simpler,
single path solutions. Ciena's technology has now added a combined
39Tbps of wavelength capacity across the various segments of the network
during its history of working with Southern Cross.

"Southern Cross Cables is setting a new industry benchmark by creating a
more intelligent and programmable network that can adapt and quickly
respond to dynamic customer demands," said Rick Seeto, Ciena's Vice
President and General Manager, Asia/Pacific and Japan, Ciena.

About Southern Cross

Southern Cross Cable Network provides fast, direct, and secure
international bandwidth from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii to
the heart of the Internet in the USA. The Southern Cross Cable Network
comprises two submarine communications cables which were first
commissioned in November 2000 and January 2001 at a cost of USD1.3
billion. They provide Australasian broadband users with international
connections to seven key locations on the US West coast where global
Internet hubs are located.

The Southern Cross NEXT project will be a third high capacity express
route, providing data-centre connectivity between Sydney, Auckland, and
Los Angeles, along with enhanced Pacific Island capability and is
currently on target for completion in 2020. Southern Cross Cable Network
has offices in Bermuda, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington. For more
information visit Southern Cross at:

The Southern Cross Cable Network is owned by Spark NZ (50%),
Singtel-Optus (40%) and Verizon Business (10%).

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