ADVA's Fiber Service Platform 3000 to be installed under Siemens' contract for Telstra's optical backbone networks

12 August 2003 Martinsried/Munich and Mahwah, NJ Lightwave--ADVA Optical Networking, a global provider of optical networking systems, today announced that its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 is part of the optical infrastructure to be deployed by Siemens in major Australian cities for telecommunications carrier Telstra. Siemens has a strategic partnership with ADVA, which includes reselling the FSP 3000.

Aug 12th, 2003

12 August 2003 Martinsried/Munich and Mahwah, NJ Lightwave--ADVA Optical Networking, a global provider of optical networking systems, today announced that its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 is part of the optical infrastructure to be deployed by Siemens in major Australian cities for telecommunications carrier Telstra. Siemens has a strategic partnership with ADVA, which includes reselling the FSP 3000.

Telstra awarded Siemens IC Networks with a 3-year frame contract and preferred supplier status in 2003 for the carrier's nationwide 10-Gbit/sec optical backbone network. The frame contract includes the FSP 3000 carrier-class metro infrastructure system, Siemens' multiservice provisioning platform Surpass hiT 70xx series, and Siemens' Surpass hiT 7500 DWDM long-haul equipment. The FSP 3000 will be integrated into Telstra's SDH transmission network, since it is managed by Siemens' Transport Network Management System at Telstra's Global Operations Centre.

As Siemens builds a nationwide 10-Gbit/sec optical backbone network for Telstra in the coming three years, which will serve as the primary backbone for both voice and data services in Australia, the FSP 3000 will be installed at critical junctions in metro areas to interconnect Siemens' long-haul systems. The FSP 3000 employs parallel use of DWDM and TDM technology to enable all protocols between 8 Mbits/sec and 10 Gbits/sec and up to 256 applications to be transported over one single fiber pair. The system's design supports point-to-point, linear add/drop, ring, and meshed network topologies with up to ten nodes across distances up to 500 km without regeneration.

According to Brian McCann, ADVA's chief marketing and strategy officer, Telstra's desire to deliver a new generation of services, including Gigabit Ethernet, is a driver for the network upgrade. In a typical deployment, an FSP 3000 will be installed within a customer premises, then linked to Telstra's network in a ring configuration. While the system can support rings of up to 10 nodes with a circumference of 500 km, McCann expects the average ring in Telstra's network to contain five or six nodes over a distance of "a couple of hundred kilometers."

The FSP 3000s will feed traffic to Siements SDH equipment. The ADVA systems will support a migration from legacy SDH equipment to next-generation infrastructure, McCann says.

The deal is significant for ADVA in that it demonstrates the ability to integrate its equipment into the Siemens TNMS for easier network management; it also signals successful expansion out of the company's current stronghold in the private network space and into the metro/access infrastructure of a major carrier.

Telstra is Australia's leading telecommunications carrier and a full service provider across wireline, ADSL, HFC, satellite and digital wireless networks and platforms. The service provider has more than 10 million household, business and wholesale customers.

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