Somaliland: SomCable Rolls Out IP over DWDM Network Using Optelian’s Optical Transport System


Somcable workers laying fibre optic cables in Hargeisa Marietta, GA/ Ottawa,–Optical networking specialist Optelian is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with SomCable to deploy Optelian’s LightGAIN system on a terrestrial backbone network to provide faster and more cost-effective communication for Somaliland.

After exploring various network architectures,” explains Michael Cothill, Chief Executive Officer of SomCable, “we converged on a next-generation IP over Dense Wave Division Multiplexing optical network to carry voice and data traffic throughout Somaliland and Optelian provides exactly what we are looking for. With our aggressive plans to provision a new terrestrial backbone to transport all wireless and internet traffic, SomCable needs an easy to use, reliable, and scalable solution that will allow us to start small and grow to meet our customers’ needs.”

“SomCable designed a state of the art next generation network, so the advanced functionality along with the easy plug and play engineering of Optelian’s optical transport solutions serves them well,” states Mike Perry, President at Optelian. “LightGAIN’s scalable, modular architecture and support for alien-wavelengths provide them with ‘Best of Breed’ building blocks for their entire network.”

About Optelian

Optelian is a trusted global provider of advanced multi-technology optical networking solutions for access, metro, long-haul, campus and data center interconnect applications. Designed and manufactured in North America, Optelian’s LightGAIN system allows network operators to build high-capacity, next-generation, carrier-grade WDM networks. The company is known industry-wide for its exceptional product quality, superior customer support and network design capabilities. Optelian’s research, design and manufacturing operations are based in Ottawa, Canada, with sales, service and marketing located in Marietta, Georgia. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @Optelian.

About SomCable

Somcable is a Somaliland-registered, fiber-optic service provider that is constructing the Berbera landing station that will enable Somaliland to interconnect with submarine cable networks which currently are deployed in the Red Sea. Once the cable landing is completed it is expected to drive broadband adoption throughout the region and improve the lives of the citizens through job creation and affordable telecommunication services.

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