Atrica's Optical Ethernet equipment selected by Deutsche Telekom for Global Seamless Network Project

9 December 2003 Santa Clara, CA Lightwave -- Deutsche Telekom has selected Atrica Inc. as one of three suppliers for its Global Seamless Network (GSN) Project. Representing a critical step towards a comprehensive implementation of a carrier-grade Automatic Switched Transport Network (ASTN), the GSN Project is a fully operational, multi-vendor interoperability demonstration that will help define the structure of the next-generation network at Deutsche Telekom.

9 December 2003 Santa Clara, CA Lightwave -- Deutsche Telekom has selected Atrica Inc. as one of three suppliers for its Global Seamless Network (GSN) Project. Representing a critical step towards a comprehensive implementation of a carrier-grade Automatic Switched Transport Network (ASTN), the GSN Project is a fully operational, multi-vendor interoperability demonstration that will help define the structure of the next-generation network at Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom Innovation has developed the GSN Project to identify key technologies that will increase their network utilization efficiency, improve their ability to serve their end customers, and increase their profitability by reducing expenses and enabling the delivery of profitable new services. The GSN Project leverages leading-edge communications technologies, including high-speed Internet access, Transparent LAN Service (TLS), point-to-point Ethernet, and video over Ethernet.

Deutsche Telekom selected Atrica's A-8000 family of Optical Ethernet Core Switches, the A-2000 family of Optical Ethernet Edge Switches, and the Atrica Service Platform for Ethernet Networks (ASPEN), an integrated service provisioning and management system. Atrica believes its carrier-class attributes--guaranteed Service Level Agreements (SLAs), Quality of Service (QoS), and sub-50-msec resiliency--lead to its selection. Deutsche Telekom was also impressed with the vendor's ability to develop advanced features, such as OIF UNI 1.0 and a comprehensive OSS integation.

Implemented in Berlin and Darmstadt, Germany, the GSN Project demonstrates end-to-end Ethernet services by connecting two Atrica-based Metro Ethernet networks across an SDH long haul network. The Deutsche Telekom Innovation project is the first ASTN implementation with OIF UNI 1.0 signaling, which allows seamless, dynamic provisioning of Ethernet services across the long haul network, quick service turn up, and the ability to react quickly to bandwidth demand changes.

The GSN Project leverages Atrica's ASPEN for a comprehensive, fully integrated OSS, including Customer Network Management (CNM) functionality. The Deutsche Telekom OSS is integrated with Atrica's ASPEN for an end-to-end view and monitoring of the network via a single OSS network management platform.

"Today's highly competitive telecommunications environment is putting tremendous pressure on carriers and service operators to increase their network utilization efficiency," explains Dan Cauchy, director of product marketing for Atrica. "Fortunately, advanced solutions such as Atrica's Optical Ethernet Systems are available to solve this challenge while enabling the cost-effective delivery of profitable new broadband services. We are thrilled to be working with Deutsche Telekom on this important endeavor. Further, we are proud of the key role our Optical Ethernet Systems are playing in this project, which will serve as the basis for next-generation networks," he adds.

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