Epsilon Telecommunications, a global Ethernet and SDH connectivity provider, has deployed BTI Systems’ recently announced Dynamic Optical Layer capabilities on its 40-channel network in Singapore. The company also has plans to roll out the technology throughout its London metro network next year, according to Epsilon CTO George Szlosarek.
BTI Systems unveiled the Dynamic Optical Layer capabilities last August. The product family includes a ROADM-on-a-blade card and a DWDM line amplifier card, tied together with the company’s proNX Service Manager. BTI asserts that new service provision then becomes a matter of putting the right kind of card in each network node. If the node is expected to add or drop wavelengths, it gets a ROADM card; otherwise, it gets an amplifier card.
In an interview with Lightwave, Szlosarek praised the Dynamic Optical Layer technology for its ability to simplify service planning and engineering. He said service turn up has shrunk from four to six weeks to about a week, typically. Epsilon now will be able to better respond to customer demands for rapid bandwidth provision and lower costs, he added.
Epsilon has deployed the Dynamic Optical Layer capabilities in all of its major co-location facilities in Singapore. The company next has its eyes on its London network, which includes approximately 30 sites connected in mesh fashion. Szlosarek says he expects to begin the deployment next year and gradually install the technology over a three-year period.
The service provider also operates networks in Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong. However, there currently are no plans to deploy the Dynamic Optical Layer cards in these networks, Szlosarek said.
Epsilon is not only the first announced customer for the Dynamic Optical Layer cards but served as a lead customer whose input helped shaped the offering, Szlosarek and BTI sources revealed. Szlosarek said that Epsilon has been working with BTI Systems since 2005 to expand its metro capabilities, particularly with an eye towards boosting its support of connectivity to cable landing stations.
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