Quintillion Selects Ciena to Provide Foundation for New Alaskan Subsea Cable

17-Jan-2017 Intellasia | BusinessWire | 9:00 PM Print This Post

HANOVER, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anchorage-based Quintillion is deploying Ciena’s
(NYSE:CIEN) 8700
Packetwave Platform
to support the first phase of its
15,000-kilometer intercontinental subsea fiber system that is planned to
connect Europe and Asia by way of the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic. With
power and space limitations in the North American Arctic, the compact
size and low power consumption benefits of the 8700 efficiently provides
a scalable, secure and reliable solution.

Key Facts:

  • Quintillion’s Phase
    network build in Alaska will connect Nome and Prudhoe Bay, with
    branches into four rural coastal communities: Barrow, Point Hope,
    Wainwright and Kotzebue. Additionally, construction is underway for a
    new terrestrial fiber system between Prudhoe Bay and Fairbanks that
    will also provide a fiber link between the continental United States
    and the Arctic. These areas have limited options for connectivity.
    Quintillion’s upgraded system will greatly reduce the cost of
    connectivity and provide improved access to critical healthcare,
    commercial and educational applications. The network is scheduled to
    be in service in 2017.
  • Deploying Ciena’s carrier Ethernet MEF
    2.0 certified
    8700 powered with WaveLogic
    coherent optics, will give Quintillion the foundation for a critical,
    low-latency and diverse Asia-Europe architecture, along with an
    alternate path for terrestrial offload of data to the U.S. mainland
    for its wholesale customers. Additionally, Quintillion’s Alaska
    service provider customers will be able to leverage the scalable,
    reliable and low-latency connectivity to improve service delivery to
  • Quintillion is also utilizing Ciena’s PinPoint
    Advanced Fiber Analytics
    and SLA
    . These advanced software capabilities will use the data
    captured by Ciena’s unified
    management software
    , which provides highly customizable network
    monitoring to improve network reliability and add protection and
    quality assurance for end users.

Executive Comments:

  • “Quintillion’s system will bring improved connectivity to underserved
    areas in Alaska, with plans to provide a vital alternate route for
    low-latency connectivity to and from the United States when subsequent
    phases are complete. Ciena’s 8700 and advanced software capabilities
    allow us to build a high-capacity and reliable network that can
    support our needs today and for years to come.”
    - Matt
    Peterson, Vice President Network Management, Quintillion
  • “For network operators today, leased space and energy costs are
    primary contributors to surging monthly operating expenses that are
    only expected to increase. By deploying Ciena’s 8700, which also
    achieves industry-leading energy efficiency, Quintillion benefits from
    a solution that is not only better for the environment, but also for
    its bottom line.”
    - Jason Phipps, General Manager and Vice
    President, North America, Ciena

About Quintillion

Headquartered in Anchorage, Quintillion is bringing affordable,
high-speed broadband service options to Alaska on a wholesale basis.
Quintillion, together with its partners, is changing Alaska’s middle
mile capabilities with the construction of new fiber optic cable systems
including subsea fiber optic cable from Prudhoe to Nome with additional
connections into Barrow, Wainwright, Point Hope and terrestrial cable
from Fairbanks to the oil and gas industrial sector at Deadhorse/Prudhoe
Bay. The Alaska portion of the Quintillion Subsea Cable System is the
first phase of a planned multi-phase international subsea cable system
that when complete will connect Europe to Asia along the Lower Northwest
Passage, providing a diverse and shorter route between the two
continents. For more information, please visit www.Qexpressnet.com.

About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a network strategy and technology company. We
translate best-in-class technology into value through a high-touch,
consultative business model – with a relentless drive to create
exceptional experiences measured by outcomes. For updates on Ciena,
follow us on Twitter @Ciena,
the Ciena
Insights blog
, or visit www.ciena.com.

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