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IPS selects Ribbon to expand underwater data transmission capacity

January 14, 2022 | Natalie Bannerman

Ribbon Communications has been selected by IPS, an international connectivity service provider, to expand its long distance submarine data transmission capacity.

IPS will use Ribbon’s Apollo Optical Networking solution to power 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 GbE) services delivered over terrestrial and submarine cables from Manila to Hong Kong and Singapore.

“Our ability to seamlessly provide connectivity services to our customers over long distances is key to the success of our business,” said Koji Miyashita, President and CEO of IPS.

“Ribbon’s optical transport technology has allowed us to maximize our available capacity and transmit world-class communication applications through our subsea services under the South China Sea.”

Additionally, the Ribbon solution leverages Apollo’s high-performance programmable TM800 muxponder cards on the Apollo 9600 series platforms to provide long-haul submarine connectivity optimized for 100GbE services.

“Subsea applications must provide expanded capacity and carry the highest level of communication services over every channel to achieve cost savings,” said Mickey Wilf, general manager of APAC and MEA regions at Ribbon.

“Our Apollo solution enables IPS to maximize capacity by leveraging dual wavelengths with programmable baud rate and modulation, in conjunction with flexgrid technology.”

IPS’ submarine cable system called C2C, part of the merged EAC – C2C cable systems, saw the company acquired in 2020. The company also launched a domestic telecommunications business in the Philippines through InfiniVAN, which is funded by IPS.

Similarly, in December, Israeli telecommunications operator Bezeq selected Ribbon Communications to build its new 400G flexgrid optical backbone network. When completed, the new backbone network will allow Bezea to carry growing IP traffic loads.