Nortel Networks announced late Monday that its optical equipment will help power a part of Southern Cross Cables' Pacific rim network. Southern Cross operates a 30,500-kilometer network that links the United States to Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand and Fiji.
The company will use Nortel's Optera Long Haul 4000, one of many types of telecom equipment used to carry signals over long-haul networks, which run between cities. The Optera can transmit optical traffic at up to 10 gigabits per second, roughly 222 times faster than a T3 connection, and more than 17,000 times faster than a standard 56K modem. Bermuda-based Southern Cross is owned by Telecom New Zealand, Cable & Wireless Optus and WorldCom. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.