The submarine cable system connecting Iceland and Scotland has been updated to meet rising demand in the UK and Iceland.

Farice, the main provider of international data capacity from Iceland to mainland Europe, has deployed network specialist Ciena’s 100G optical transport technology in order to meet the growing and unpredictable demand of both its traditional telecommunications carrier customers and the growing Icelandic datacentre industry, which is being driven by the country’s cheap and green energy sources.

Farice selected Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by 100G WaveLogic 3 Coherent Optical Processors, and GeoMesh optical bypass for deployment on its 1,200 km submarine cable system, Farice-1, which has been in use since March 2004.

Farice claims this will provide high-bandwidth connectivity between Reykjavik and Keflavik, Iceland to Dunnet Bay, Scotland and enable it to provide high-speed, reliable and flexible on-demand service delivery.

“After extensive lab and field testing, it was clear that Ciena’s coherent optical technology and GeoMesh solution is the best option to meet our requirements because we can leverage our existing assets,” said Farice’s VP of sales and business development Orn Orrason.

Ciena’s submarine systems VP, Ed McCormack, added: “Ciena’s 100G-based GeoMesh solution allows Farice to create a seamless network of terrestrial and submarine links that is more responsive, resilient and scalable, with less incurred network latency.”