JONAH Submarine Cable System, A  new and superfast submarine cable link

between Israel and Europe at the most advanced submarine communications networking technology:


  • Ownership – Wholly owned by Bezeq International
  • Length – 2,300 Km linking Tel Aviv, Israel and Bari, Italy
  • Ready for Service since – January 1st, 2012
  • Capacity – Over 12.8 Terabit/s
JONAH Submarine Cable System is extended terrestrially from Bari landing station through Interoute's network to major European cities



Spanning 2,300 km, JONAH Submarine Cable System is able to support 12.8 Terabits per second (Tbps) of data capacity connecting Tel Aviv, Israel to Bari, Italy and  addressing the growing demands of the highly dynamic Israeli telecom market, which has one of the highest household broadband and mobile penetration rates in the world. 

JONAH currently operates at 40G channels and supports multi-terabit capacity using 100G channels of transmission. 
JONAH has tripled the international bandwidth outgoing from Israel, while significantly reducing the round trip delay (RTD) between Israel and Western Europe to  less than 60 ms, offering high bandwidth connectivity at all capacity rates up to  n*10GE and n*STM-64 .
The planning and implementation of JONAH Submarine Cable System were carried out by Alcatel Lucent Submarine Networks. The system integrates Alcatel-Lucent OALC-5 cable, optimized with coherent fiber (CF), repeaters and the 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal which is designed to accommodate 10G/40G/100G wavelengths in the same platform, enabling seamless capacity upgrade on flexible grid for channel spacing without traffic interruption. 


JONAH Submarine Cable System is protected in-system, using two (2) equipped fibre pairs connected to two different SLTE's in each landing station. 

The system is externally backed up end-to-end by physically diverse submarine routes, with no single point of failure. 
The terrestrial backhaul extensions in Israel and Europe are backed-up based on local domestic DWDM ring-based networks.

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