Global Caribbean Fiber (GCF), which owns a number of submarine cable links across the Eastern Caribbean region, has reportedly selected Ciena to upgrade its Antilles Crossing network, which links St Croix (Virgin Islands US), Saint Lucia and Barbados. Telecom Lead reports that the vendor will implement its 6500 Packet-Optical platform, which is powered by WaveLogic coherent optical processors and equipped with GeoMesh optical bypass functionality. The upgrade is expected to help meet customer demand for high bandwidth services. The improved network will be operational by May 2013 and allow GCF to increase submarine bandwidth by four times, also permitting the launch of 10Gbps Ethernet services.
The Antilles Crossing cable is co-owned by France’s Loret Group and US-based Leucadia, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Loret Group is a family-owned company with an active presence in both metropolitan France and its overseas departments (department d’outre-mer, DOM), where it owns pan-Caribbean telco Mediaserv. As well as the Antilles Crossing cable, the GCF also encompasses the Global Caribbean Network (GCN), the Middle Caribbean Network (MCN) and Southern Caribbean Fiber (SCF), which extend submarine connectivity across the region.