ADVA FSP 3000 wins contracts in Belgium, the Netherlands

FEBRUARY 25, 2009 -- ADVA Optical Networking today announced two new customer wins for its FSP 3000: VOO, a cable TV provide in Belgium's Brussels and Wallonia regions, and Ziggo, the Netherlands' top provider of cable TV, data, and voice services.

FEBRUARY 25, 2009 -- ADVA Optical Networking (search for ADVA Optical Networking) today announced two new customer wins for its FSP 3000: VOO, a cable TV provide in Belgium's Brussels and Wallonia regions, and Ziggo, the Netherlands' top provider of cable TV, data, and voice services.

VOO, the leading provider of cable television service to Belgium's Brussels and Wallonia regions, is interconnecting distribution networks and centralizing transport platforms with the implementation of a new Optical+Ethernet architecture from, supported by system integrator Arcadiz Telecom.

Responding to increased demand for bandwidth and advanced services from its more than 1.2 million business and residential customers, VOO says it found itself rapidly integrating disparate networks spanning more than 2,000 km that had to interoperate after the merger of multiple sub-regional networks. Deploying today's most sought-after services, including VoIP and Video-on-Demand (VoD) also required that VOO operate from a standardized infrastructure based on 1- and 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

ADVA says its flexible FSP 3000 multi-haul platform forms the basis of a 10-Gbps optical backbone that is ready for geographic expansion as customers require. The same platform was chosen to support the multiple 1-Gbps metro access rings that feed the service provider's backhaul network. In order to deliver transparent sub-Gbps connections, the ADVA FSP 150 forms the critical demarcation point for the services VOO provides to its enterprise and carrier customers, says ADVA. The complete system is managed by the ADVA Network Manager (NM), which enables carrier-class management functionality across all network elements, both optical and Ethernet.

Systems integrator Arcadiz Telecom, which designed the solution, partnered with ADVA Optical Networking for the deployment of the network and will provide ongoing maintenance and support of VOO's network moving forward. Arcadiz Telecom provides VOO with the required multilingual professional services and optical consultancy.

"Providing a cost-efficient and reliable transmission foundation for our next-generation service-enabling network was key to our triple-play strategy," reports Jean-Michel Adant, VOO's chief technology officer. "The continuous support and expertise of Arcadiz, coupled with the quality and simplicity of the market-leading metro WDM solution from ADVA Optical Networking, were decisive elements in our selection process."

Netherlands' Ziggo deploys C/DWDM network

In other news, Ziggo, the Netherlands' top provider of cable television, digital television, Internet services, and telephony, says it is prepared to meet the future bandwidth needs of its customers with the successful implementation of a new 10-Gbps C/DWDM network from ADVA, again supported by system integrator Arcadiz Telecom.

Ziggo's network is built on the ADVA FSP 3000, which provides Ziggo a scalable, cost-effective platform for delivering voice, video, and Internet services to its almost 8 million customers. In addition, the exacting demands of enterprise customers required Ziggo to deploy a network that provides business Ethernet services and reliable data center connectivity across multiple protocols with little delay, report Ziggo representatives.

The resultant network converges the disparate legacy networks of three former telecom operators--Casema, Essent Kabelcom and Multikabel--onto a standardized, integrated 10-Gbps backbone.

"In a competitive market like the Netherlands, telecom operators like us must invest in next-generation, service-oriented, cost-effective network infrastructure to accommodate increasing bandwidth demand and deliver a high-quality user experience," explains Paul Hendriks, CTO of Ziggo. "We have, therefore, recognized the combined strengths of supplier ADVA Optical Networking and integrator Arcadiz Telecom and selected the FSP 3000 solution, enabling us to decrease our operational workload and concentrate on more customer-oriented objectives."

Systems integrator Arcadiz Telecom, which designed the complete offering, partnered with ADVA Optical Networking for the deployment of the network and will provide ongoing maintenance and support of Ziggo's network moving forward.

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