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Verizon Customers Gain Much Needed Capacity With 40G Upgrade of Submarine Cable System Linking Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe

NEW YORK Feb. 1, 2011 Feb. 1 Europe Asia-Pacific Middle East

Southeast Asia Europe Middle East Ihab Tarazi

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The 20,000-kilometer (12,427 miles) SEA-ME-WE4 system is the longest submarine cable system to deploy 40 Gbps technology, the highest wavelength capacity currently available on such systems.


The SEA-ME-WE4 is a key component in Verizon’s sophisticated mesh network architecture, which covers 14 transoceanic routes and a combined 40,000-plus miles of ultra-long-haul network in the U.S. The architecture uses all available network routes, lowering latency (the time it takes for an optical signal to travel from one point to another), and increasing route flexibility and diversity.  

Mesh networks such as Verizon’s offer restoration within 300 milliseconds and require 15 percent fewer dedicated protection paths.

With investments in more than 80 submarine cables, Verizon is a leader in the submarine cable industry. SEA-ME-WE4 complements Verizon’s existing submarine network cable systems serving these regions, including the Trans-Pacific Express and the Europe-India Gateway.

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