MENA Upgrades Subsea Network with Infinera Connecting Mediterranean and Middle East


infinera-logoInfinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, has announced the successful deployment of the Infinera DTN-X XTC Series across Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Submarine Cable System’s subsea network. The Infinera DTN-X XTC Series integrates the subsea network connecting the Mediterranean and Middle East regions with MENA’s existing Infinera terrestrial network. With the Infinera DTN-X XTC-10, featuring FlexCoherent technology and Instant Bandwidth, MENA can rapidly deploy increments of 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) of bandwidth, differentiating services and managing costs as it scales network capacity.

MENA, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology, owns and operates a submarine telecommunications system connecting Europe to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Spanning three continents, MENA’s infrastructure provides wholesale capacity to global networks via Asia and the Middle East. With the upgrade of the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network on its subsea route, MENA is equipped to provide wholesale carriers with a range of connectivity services from Synchronous Transport Module level-1 (STM-1) at 155 megabits per second to 100 Gb/s over terabit capacity cables.

With an end-to-end integrated subsea-terrestrial network based on the Infinera DTN-X XTC Series, MENA provides customers bandwidth services between the Sultanate of Oman to Italy. The Infinera DTN-X XTC-10 allows MENA to deliver 100 Gb/s of coherent transmission capacity via 500 Gb/s super-channels today and supports a forward scale design to provide terabit super-channels in the future. The high capacity super-channels are made possible through the use of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) developed and fabricated by Infinera – the only supplier delivering 500 Gb/s of transmission capacity from a single line card today. The DTN-X XTC-10 integrates dense wavelength division multiplexing super-channel transmission with optical transport network (OTN) and packet switching for sub-wavelength service management. With up to 12 Tb/s of non-blocking OTN switching in a single bay, the DTN-X XTC-10 provides seamless expansion as traffic requirements grow in the future.

“This subsea network upgrade integrated with MENA’s existing terrestrial network enables MENA to deliver bandwidth quickly and efficiently on a critical route between Europe, Middle East and Arabian Gulf countries,” said Kamran Malik, CEO at MENA. “The Infinera DTN-X XTC Series provides robust reliability, flexibility and scalability, meeting the high standards that MENA seeks in a vendor. This helps MENA offer wholesale customers bandwidth as needed in 100G increments.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with MENA on its subsea network upgrade, integrating with the existing terrestrial network,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, EMEA at Infinera. “This network upgrade enables MENA to provide differentiated wholesale international capacity in its markets and supports the growth of the Mediterranean and Middle East economy with on-demand scale and efficiency.”

About MENA
Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable Systems (MENA-SCS) is a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT). MENA-SCS has developed, constructed, owns and operates a submarine telecommunications system connecting Europe to the Middle East and South East Asia. MENA cable infrastructure, together with already existing cables, is expected to cover current and future international communications requirements between Egypt, the Arab World & India and Europe. Find more at

About Infinera
Infinera provides Intelligent Transport Networks, enabling carriers, cloud operators, governments and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and simplify optical network operations. Infinera’s end-to-end packet-optical portfolio is designed for long-haul, subsea, data center interconnect and metro applications. Infinera’s unique large scale photonic integrated circuits enable innovative optical networking solutions for the most demanding networks. To learn more about Infinera visit, follow us on Twitter @Infinera and read our latest blog posts at



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