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What is a Kanawa? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:58


Following an internal competition open to all Orange Group employees, their new submarine cable was named Kanawa in reference to the traditional Amerindian boats that provided a means of exchange between the Caribbean islands. Now, Kanawa is also a submarine cable that provides a link between French Guiana and the American continent.

Kanawa is a 1,746-kilometer cable linking French Guiana and Martinique, and is made up of two pairs of subsea fibers. Kanawa is one of the most powerful cables in the region, providing 100 gigabits per second and up to 10 terabits per second of capacity, based on customer demand. Orange deployed Infinera’s ICE4-based platform and Instant Bandwidth on the Martinique-Guadeloupe segment. With Infinera’s solutions, Orange can increase capacity as needed within minutes, without requiring any additional work on its subsea network, a distinct advantage it can pass along to its customers.

“French Guiana is experiencing rapid growth in digital technology,” said Jean-Luc Vuillemin, Executive Vice President, Orange International Networks Infrastructure and Services. “We needed to ensure the region keeps pace with the rest of the world, and Kanawa was our solution. Infinera’s cutting-edge technology enables Orange to increase capacity on demand and delivers the high performance we expected. Choosing to deploy Infinera’s technology is a significant benefit to us and our customers, providing us with an agile, scalable network.”

“Orange’s selection of Infinera’s ICE4-based platform and Instant Bandwidth underscores the significant benefits of operating a cognitive network,” said Bob Jandro, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Infinera. “We are delighted to work with Orange on this major deployment and look forward to enabling the Caribbean to connect globally.”

Kanawa benefits from WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) which can increase the capacity according to needs without requiring any new submarine work. Made up of two pairs of fibers, Kanawa can send up to 100*100Gbit/s or 10 terabits/s and is one of the most powerful cables in the region.

Engineering, innovation, collaboration: Kanawa is the fruit of Orange’s expertise at every stage of the submarine cable project, from the design phase, to laying it across the seabed and then its operational management. Orange Marine, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Orange Group laid the cable connecting Kourou to Schœlcher in Martinique.

Digital inclusion for every territory

Kanawa, a new internet highway, is also a real driver of growth and development for French Guiana.

“With its demographic growth and the growth in uses, French Guiana is one of the most dynamic territories for digital technology. We built Kanawa to meet this need for speed and to secure this region’s connection to the global network. This submarine cable, which we are inaugurating today, will connect French Guiana and Martinique and represents an investment of €35 million for Orange,” said Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange.