Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. (Huawei Marine) have announced the commercial availability of their 2nd generation repeater and branching unit for subsea turnkey global telecommunication networks. The Optical Repeater provides solutions for regional and long haul systems that need high performance and reliability with 2,4 and 6 fibre pair solution coupled with unique pump redundancy architecture design.

Through a comprehensive product design, life testing and validation process the 2nd generation (RPT 1660) product set has been built upon the proven success of its first generation subsea products (deployed in several live commercial systems). This technology utilizes a slim-line compact repeater housing that greatly reduces operational cost associated with repeater integration & loading and offers improved plough burial performance.  In short, end users gain access to some unique benefits and therefore can leverage whole life cycle cost savings associated with turnkey solutions, with this innovative product set.

The Branching Unit (BU 1650), designed for applications with optical submarine cable systems providers users flexibility to service multi landing points, or future proofs design when landing points are yet to be defined. These robust units offer power switching and optical switching capability (up to 8 fibre pairs), managed through a single network management system that offers customers a single touch point to control and monitor the subsea and terrestrial networks.

The combination of the optical repeater and branching unit engineered with proven universal joint (UJ) technology provides customers cost effective solutions and leverages technological advancements in the field of sub-sea communication.  Coupled with a Titanium housing the optical repeater and branching unit offers a mechanical robust design results with light weight and improved strength.

“Huawei Marine is constantly working on innovative technology developments that support our customers' requirements for lower cost and higher capacity,” explained Nigel Bayliff, CEO of Huawei Marine.  “The development of the second generation RPT 1660 and BU 1650 are our latest breakthrough in design of unequalled capability, and the products are already proving their commercial significance.”

Huawei Marine is a joint venture between Huawei and Global Marine Systems.  The RPT1660 and BU 1650 were jointly designed by the two companies.  “Combining Huawei's technological core skills in optical transmission with Global Marine's experience in marine installation and maintenance has been a truly remarkable combinational set of skill that has helped realize this milestone,” explained Nigel Bayliff.

About Huawei Marine Networks Co., Ltd.

Huawei Marine Networks Co., Limited (Huawei Marine) is a joint venture established by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and Global Marine Systems Limited. Based on the advantages of the two parent companies, Huawei Marine integrates the state-of-the-art technologies in telecommunications and nearly 100 years of marine operations experience, committing itself to the construction of global submarine cable communication networks. Huawei Marine provides highly reliable, cost-effective solutions and end-to-end services including project management, installation, and technical support for submarine cable system operators.

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