TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, and Georgian telecommunications provider Caucasus Online, announced today that they have signed a contract to perform a network upgrade to the Caucasus undersea cable system. The upgrade to the 1,200 km regional system will be completed by May 2016.

In service since 2008, the Caucasus Cable System was designed, manufactured and installed by TE SubCom. The system provides high bandwidth connectivity between Poti, Georgia and Balchik, Bulgaria, and successfully serves Georgian markets by providing direct access to Western Europe. Utilizing TE SubCom’s 100 Gb/s coherent transmission technology, the system can now support over 9 Tb/s, more than seven times (7x) the initial design capacity. This latest upgrade will increase lit capacity to 780 Gb/s.

“As the project supplier for both the full system construction and previous upgrades, we greatly value Caucasus Online’s confidence in TE SubCom,” said Aaron Stucki, president, TE SubCom. “We look forward to continuing our support of this essential cable route by providing state-of-the-art technology that enables Caucasus Online to bring high-volume capacity to its customers.”

“Our system has proven vital to achieving connectivity throughout the Caucasus region, and a network upgrade will only improve our service offerings,” said Nikolai Tchiaureli, CEO, Caucasus Online. “TE SubCom’s familiarity with the system will bring with it a seamless capacity increase, and we’re pleased to continue our longtime collaboration with them.”