BT awards three-year contract to Adva for LAN extensions

2 April 2003 Martinsried/Munich, Germany Lightwave Europe -- Optical networking solutions developer Adva, Munich, has won an further three-year contract from BT for its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 500 systems.

2 April 2003 Martinsried/Munich, Germany -- Optical networking solutions developer Adva, Munich, has won an further three-year contract from BT for its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 500 systems.

This builds on a previous four-year deal, during which time BT standardised the FSP 500 as its multi-protocol platform for deployment of all Local Area Network (LAN) extension services.

Adva's FSP 500 supports managed circuits and provides fiber extension for protocols including STM-1, STM-4, Fibre Channel, and 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet, and at speeds ranging from 10Mbit/s to 2.5Gbit/s. Newlyreleased features include an 8-channel CWDM module and a Single Fiber Working solution.

Adva says that the system's flexibility and low costs make it an attractive proposition for enterprises seeking short-haul data services. These features have enabled BT to sell more than 10,000 short-haul data circuits into approximately 1,600 enterprises in the UK since 1999.

BT deploys LAN extension services into major corporations, government agencies, and universities for applications such as remote server back up, disaster recovery, campus networks, virtual private networks, high-speed data links, and voice-over-IP.

"Together we have achieved significant market penetration for LAN extension services in the UK over the past four years," said Alan Davis, manager of LAN Extension Services, BT Ignite-UK Products.

"Adva continues to develop understanding of our customers' network requirements, developing the right technology and feature sets at the right prices. By extending our contract for an additional three years, we intend to further promote the value of short-haul data services to enterprise customers and aggressively pursue deployment opportunities."

"BT's success in deploying LAN extension services to UK enterprises is the direct result of pairing best-of-breed technology from a leading equipment vendor with the large installed customer base and excellent service from a forward-thinking incumbent telecommunications carrier," commented Jürgen Hansjosten, Adva's Chief Sales Officer.

Further information visit www.advaoptical.com

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