6 MAY 2008 -- M-net Telekommunikations GmbH is using ADVA Optical Networking's (search for ADVA) FSP portfolio of products to provision optical and Ethernet-based services for business users. The systems house also says its equipment play an important role in the expansion of the M-net backbone network, which is driven by geographic expansion, growing customer numbers, and new service offerings.
As opposed to the residential market, where an ongoing price war is raging, the enterprise segment is focused to a greater extent on reliability, quality of service, and flexibility. M-net operates in this market, with approximately 23,000 enterprises and other businesses among its customer base. Requirements are the highest for dedicated connections, like those required to link remote data centres via WDM technology. M-net offers these enterprise customers bandwidth up to 640 Gbits/sec.
"Our customers value the speed, stability, and high availability of our WDM solutions," explained Thomas Zinecker, a systems specialist in central planning at M-net. "ADVA Optical Networking's stable and reliable equipment delivers this, coupled with M-net's network management centre (NMC), which monitors our network infrastructure 24x7. For a number of our customers, the fact that the FSP 2000 from ADVA Optical Networking has received all key certifications in the area of mainframe applications is important."
ADVA Optical Networking equipment also plays a part in M-net's Metro Ethernet offerings. Products from ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 150 intelligent Ethernet transport portfolio are being deployed as network termination devices at M-net enterprise customer premises to provision bandwidth at rates up to 1 Gbit/sec and to offer end-to-end Ethernet services without bottlenecks or the need for interface conversion. In addition, M-net offers metro Ethernet services prioritized by quality-of-service and class-of-service guarantees to ensure optimum conditions for carrying crucial data and applications.
"For large companies in particular, it's critical to deploy highly redundant networks that are both transparent and flexible to support multiple applications," added Zinecker. "With the ADVA FSP 150 platform, we can easily guarantee customers the bandwidth promised in their service level agreements (SLAs). Thanks to the transparency of the connection, M-net's solution can also transport all other network protocols that run across an Ethernet circuit."
Steadily growing numbers of enterprise and residential customers, coupled with new service offerings, are driving toward high utilization levels at M-net's network. With all signs pointing to continued growth, the Munich-based network operator is deploying ADVA Optical Networking's highly scalable FSP 3000 platform to achieve higher levels of transport capacity in its own backbone. M-net is also using the platform to further expand its 3,500-km optical fibre network.
In the near future, M-net will also deploy ADVA FSP 150 devices to connect businesses in more rural areas, the systems house concludes.
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