Global Marine purchase brings submarine network IP -

Global Marine purchase brings submarine network IP

LONDON — Subsea cable installation and maintenance company, Global Marine Systems (Chelmsford, U.K.), has acquired the assets of Red Sky Systems, a developer of submarine network technology which enables a simple integration of terrestrial and submarine networks.

Red Sky, which was founded in February 2002 and based in Chester, has invested over $20million over the last four years in research & development to produce patented technology. It has completed successful integration testing with providers of SDH and DWDM equipment on a 900km laboratory system delivering 2.5Gb and 10Gb wavelengths.

When combined with industry standard subsea components that are embedded in the patented Red Sky repeaters, the Red Sky Optical Line Interface (OLI) allows network managers to operate subsea networks using industry standard applications common to terrestrial networks.

The Red Sky OLI transmits up to 64 wavelengths onto a subsea fibre pair providing enough optical power to carry the signal through the repeaters on submarine segments of up to 4,000km.

Andy Bax, Head of Submarine Networks at Global Marine, said, “Red Sky technology represents a very advanced approach to combining undersea and terrestrial networks, resulting in a greatly simplified, more flexible and more cost effective alternative to legacy subsea systems.”

Similar to Global Marine’s industry standard universal jointing products and services, the Red Sky OLI is also vendor neutral, providing a single standard based interface to any piece of optical transmission equipment. Itcan carry signals up to 175km from terminal location to first repeater, representing a huge step forward from the current market standard.

Some of Red Sky's optical electronic manufacturing equipment from its U.K. and U.S. (South Plainfield, NJ) facilities is being auctioned on 1 and 2 February by The Banford Group while test and measurement equipment goes under the hammer on 25 and 26 January.

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