28 August 2002 -- Codenet, an alternative operator in Belgium and Luxembourg, has chosen a suite of about 150 fibre-optic access devices from RAD Data Communications for its High-Speed Solutions services, which provide end-to-end clear channel virtual private networks (VPNs).
To support those VPNs that incorporate multiple E1 lines and Ethernet LANs, Codenet has deployed RAD's Optimux-4E1 and Optimux-XLE1 optical multiplexers, as well as its fibre-optic modems.
The VPNs are implemented either over a fibre connection that directly links two customer sites or over fibre between a customer site and the nearest Codenet point of presence (POP). In the latter case, the VPN runs from the POP to Codenet's backbone to a second POP, and from there to the second customer site.
Codenet's 4,000km-long network, which covers Belgium and Luxembourg, is composed of 15 fibre rings, two DWDM rings (including four city rings) and 35 POPs.
The Optimux-4E1 combines four E1 channels at distances of up to 75km, while the Optimux-XLE1 integrates up to 12 E1 channels, together with one to four Ethernet LANs, over a single E3 link. "This provides an easily upgradeable solution that is receptive to the customer's bandwidth needs and yet is flexible enough to meet the specific requirements of a broad range of applications," says Codenet engineering manager Bart Pauwels.
The RAD equipment is being supplied by Black Box Network Design NV, an authorised distributor in Belgium. Jacques Bonamis, Account Manager.
Codenet is owned by France's Suez Group. Its fibre-optic network offers integrated solutions for voice and data, primarily to enterprises, governmental institutions and other multi-site networks as well as international carriers that choose not to deploy their own dense networks in the Benelux countries.