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Hibernia Atlantic Is The First Transport Provider To Offer 40 Gbps Capacity Over A Subsea Span Between USA And Canada

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Integrated Huawei Solution Upgrades Submarine Link For Historic, First-to-Market Offering

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse TransAtlantic submarine transport cable provider, and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for carriers worldwide, today announce a historic first in the telecommunications industry: Hibernia Atlantic is now the first to offer native 40 Gbps capacity over a subsea span between Boston and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Hibernia Atlantic deployed Huawei Technologies’ latest products to allow this significant capacity upgrade over a subsea, international cable link. This cable was built in the year 2000 with a 192-channel, 10G system capacity.  As part of ongoing network improvements, the Huawei solution upgraded the Hibernia Atlantic cable to a 192-channel, 40G system; increasing the capacity from 1.9 Terabytes to 7.68 Terabytes using the innovative 40G technology.

Huawei accomplished this upgrade with its internally developed, 40G integrated solution, which includes its patented DRZ/ODB technologies. DRZ technology leverages widely available components, maximizing reliability while also assuring a robust supply chain. Huawei’s 40G transponder features industry-leading automatic electrical dispersion compensation, eliminating the need for DCM modules.

Partnering with Huawei on this historic test was Anritsu. As a market leader, Anritsu believes it is important to have a significant role in advancing technology, and its participation in such a milestone is part of this commitment. Anritsu supplied the MP1591A network performance tester for the deployment test, while the MP1595A 40G SDH/SONET analyzer provided the flexibility of service types and mappings needed to validate the subsea span.

Hibernia Atlantic’s first-to-market offering is in response to its North American customers’ demand for greater bandwidth capacity, stemming from the precipitous rise in deployment of next-generation services, such as streaming video, IP multimedia and web conferencing.

“Hibernia Atlantic is pleased to work with Huawei Technologies’ talented engineers to vigorously test and deploy this new 40 Gbps capacity under the Atlantic,” states Derek Bullock, Vice President of Network Operations for Hibernia Atlantic.  “With Huawei’s trusted support and expertise, and Hibernia’s continual commitment to deploy the latest capacity upgrades in secure and diverse physical cable systems, North American and global investment banks, content providers, international PTTs and ISPs in need of high-bandwidth, now have a better network solution.  With increased capacity on a reliable network at wholesale prices, companies can now deploy streaming video and other next-generation applications and services over the Hibernia Atlantic network, with confidence and ease.  Already, our expert sales team is marketing this product today with commercial contracts slated to go live in the first quarter of 2008.”

“The ability to offer Hibernia Atlantic’s customers 40 Gbps connectivity on a wet span is a dramatic advance in network efficiency, establishing an industry-leading benchmark while providing customers another diverse and secure route to communicate on the eastern seaboard of North America,” continues Wilf Norrlinger, Vice President of Sales for Huawei. “This new advancement is another example of Huawei Technologies and Hibernia Atlantic’s commitment to providing the highest levels of network performance and customer satisfaction to the market, in record-breaking time.”

For the complete Hibernia Atlantic network map and service offerings, videocasts and the Hibernia Atlantic Blog, please visit www.hiberniaatlantic.com. If you have additional questions on network capacity, please email eric.gutshall@hiberniaatlantic.com.

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About Huawei Technologies

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators worldwide.  The company is dedicated to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and potential growth for its customers. Huawei’s products and solutions are deployed in more than 100 countries and serve 31 of the world’s top 50 operators, as well as more than 1 billion users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.huawei.com.

All statements regarding Huawei’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represents goals and objectives only.

About Anritsu

Anritsu Instruments Company is a subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation (www.anritsu.com) which has been a global provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 110 years. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. The company's measurement solutions include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments, Operations Support Systems and solutions that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems. The recently combined companies sell in over 90 countries worldwide and have approximately 4,000 employees.

About Hibernia Atlantic

Hibernia Atlantic is a privately held, US-owned, TransAtlantic submarine cable network that provides "Security through Diversity" to European and US customers. Hibernia offers wholesale capacity prices, unparalleled support, flexibility and service while delivering customized solutions for its customers. Hibernia Atlantic's redundant rings include access to Dublin, Manchester, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris, New York City, White Plains, Stamford, Newark, Ashburn, Boston, Albany, Halifax, Montreal and more. Hibernia provides dedicated Ethernet and optical level service up to GigE, 10G and LanPhy wavelengths and traditional Sonet/SDH services. Hibernia Atlantic's cutting-edge network technology allows enterprise customers, carriers and wholesale customers reliable, next-generation bundled services at affordable prices.  Hibernia Atlantic was established in 2003 by Columbia Ventures Corporation  (CVC).

For more information, please visit www.hiberniaatlantic.com.  For the Hibernia Atlantic network map or information on the new submarine cable build to Iceland please visit www.hiberniaatlantic.com/map.html.   

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