TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) company and an industry pioneer in submarine network technology, and Ciena (NYSE: CIEN), a leading network strategy and technology company, have agreed to an alliance that furthers the advancement of open submarine cable networking solutions. Customers seeking a single point of contact for both wet plant and dry plant will have the option to combine TE SubCom's advanced wet plant designs and marine installation with Ciena's industry-leading 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogic™ coherent optics, to create a powerful and flexible next-generation undersea cable system. The combination of Ciena's leadership and innovation in high-speed optics, underpinned by its OP n network philosophy including GeoMesh submarine solutions, and TE SubCom's leading position in wet plant cable solutions will accelerate the transition toward software-defined submarine networks that offer ultimate capacity and reach, maximum resilience, greater programmability, and lower operating costs. Introduced in 2015, TE SubCom's Open Cables business model continues to enable a greater degree of choice, allowing customers the flexibility to select their preferred submarine transceiver equipment vendor. Since its launch, TE SubCom has seen an increasing number of cable operators take advantage of its Open Cables approach and elect to utilize Ciena equipment. Recognizing the benefits of this enhanced customer choice, TE SubCom's Open Cables model will now also provide customers the option of buying a combined solution using fully-qualified Ciena equipment on TE SubCom-designed wet plant. Customers can purchase this solution from TE SubCom, benefitting from a single point of contact and guaranteeing the performance of an end-to-end, turnkey lit system, or, alternatively, customers can contract independently with TE SubCom for wet plant and Ciena for transmission equipment. "Having manufactured our own submarine line termination equipment for decades, we are well aware which technologies are required to efficiently utilize our wet plant system. Ciena produces innovative, flexible and responsive technology that will provide for a fully optimized undersea cable network," said Aaron Stucki, president of TE SubCom. "The Open Cables model has enabled us to offer our customers options that have never before been available in the undersea cable industry. That model is now further enhanced through this agreement with Ciena, as cable operators wishing to deploy Ciena's equipment on TE SubCom networks will be able to do so efficiently, with the full support of our engineering team and our commitment to on-time delivery of an end-to-end solution."