Xtera delivers global subsea projects that are bespoke to each individual customer’s requirement. The company’s products and solutions are technically innovative, with recognized industry leading reliability and performance. Xtera’s extended enterprise of partners enables them to deliver full turnkey projects seamlessly and ensures that customers can be 100% confident in their ability to provide systems globally, however challenging they may be. Below is our interview with Robert Richardson, the Founder and Chief Sales Officer at Xtera:
Q: How does Xtera differ from competition?
A: As a valued subsea supplier, Xtera provides the most advanced undersea technology available, which is deployed and maintained by the company’s expert professional team. We provide novel solutions that are suited for each individual customer, whether that is the provision of a full turnkey system, an open architecture design, or supplying a particular product or service. The company also brings to the table exceptional project management capabilities, a robust ecosystem of strategic industry partnerships, and an innovative R&D team.
Q: You’ve recently announced the award of a contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); could you tell us something more?
A: Xtera is building a new regional submarine cable system for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The new submarine cable is designed to deliver high-capacity at the lowest cost per terabit per second.
Xtera will deploy a full turnkey subsea system for DISA, including undersea optical repeaters, Nu-Wave Optima™ Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE), cable and all marine services. Xtera’s advanced submarine repeater has been designed with reliability and performance in mind, generating a robust transmission system offering through the utilization of Raman technology. The Nu-Wave Optima is Xtera’s optical Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) transport that provides industry-leading capacity and ultra-long-reach capabilities configured to support all networking applications.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your services?
A: Xtera is an agile company that can respond to customers’ needs while targeting areas where we see opportunities. Currently, we’re focused on regional markets as opposed to the transatlantic or transpacific markets. We see a major opportunity for a high number of regional systems across the world. In building subsea cable systems, our capabilities are in engineering, technology, innovation and providing new approaches to projects. This enables Xtera to focus on the core needs of our customers and supply highly reliable integrated solutions.
Q: What’s the best thing about Xtera that people might not know about?
A: Xtera is focused on pushing system bandwidth past 60nm towards 100nm and offering the highest possible capacity per fibre pair. We’re the only supplier with high bandwidth repeaters that are tried and tested and have been underwater for two years. Xtera also provides the longest unrepeatered systems using Raman Technology and ROPA technology. New product development efforts are enabling truly “Open” systems and providing features such as cost-effective extensions to inland traffic delivery points and the provision of virtual services.