By Xtera

Xtera Communications, Inc. today announced a new contract with Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, to upgrade a legacy system fiber pair on Network Segment C (linking Brookhaven, New York and Whitesands, United Kingdom) of Global Crossing’s Atlantic Crossing (AC-1) network to meet growing customer demand for broadband services.

Xtera’s contract with Global Crossing is to provide new capacity using the Xtera NXT next generation Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE) with 20 Gbit/s Differential Phase Shift Technology (DPSK). 

Xtera’s NXT Submarine Line Terminal Equipment makes it possible to upgrade existing submarine systems with the latest technology while smoothly integrating with existing equipment.  This enables addition of new capacity to any existing submarine cable at much lower cost per wavelength and with more functionality than the originally installed equipment.  The Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE) is placed at the ends of the cable and is located in landing stations that are on the shore.

In 2009, Xtera completed upgrades of Segments A+B2 (connecting Brookhaven, New York, Sylt, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Segment C along with a capacity addition on the Pan American Crossing (PAC) express fiber pair between Fort Amador, Panama and Grover Beach, California.

“Xtera’s solution has enabled us to effectively upgrade to beyond the original system design capacity,” said James H. Watts, Global Crossing’s vice president, Transport & Infrastructure Engineering.  “With the upgrades from 2009, we will have added more than 1 Terabit of capacity on AC-1 using Xtera’s 20 Gbit/s technology.  These upgrades help us to provide a robust service portfolio for our customers by maximizing the utility of AC-1.”

“We are delighted to have been selected by Global Crossing for this exciting project.  It further demonstrates the value Xtera offers to operators in extending the life of existing cable networks at a fraction of the cost of traditional replacement options.  We feel operators are definitely understanding Xtera’s message that they can significantly increase the carrying capacity and cost effectiveness of their installed cable assets without the need to replace costly submerged plant,” said Jon Hopper, president and chief executive officer of Xtera.  “Our ability to put N x 20 Gbit/s on a network originally designed for N x 2.5 Gbit/s, and implement the solution from start to finish on a major network like AC-1 is further testimony to our product and the expertise of the Xtera team.”

About Global Crossing Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) is a leading global IP and Ethernet solutions provider with the world's first integrated global IP-based network.  The company offers a full range of data, voice and collaboration services with an industry leading customer experience and delivers service to approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as to 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs.  It delivers converged IP services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries around the world.

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About Xtera Communications

Xtera Communications specializes in network infrastructure that delivers maximum capacity, reach and value. Providing solutions for enterprise and telecom companies, Xtera offers an extensive portfolio of optical and IP networking solutions for submarine, long-haul, regional, metropolitan and enterprise applications. With deployments across five continents, Xtera’s optical transport solutions help service providers expand and accelerate their market reach with new deployments and extend the life of existing network assets with cost-effective upgrades. Our IP networking solutions for WAN traffic management deliver efficient, flexible network optimization. Xtera’s innovative technologies offer exceptional quality and performance, driving customer success. For more information, visit