Seminole County expands network with ADVA Optical Networking's DWDM FSP 3000 platform

Oct. 21, 2003
21 October 2003 Munich/Mahwah NJ Lightwave--ADVA Optical Networking today announced that its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 has been deployed by the Seminole County, Florida, government to accomodate growth in its voice, data, and video bandwidth requirements.

21 October 2003 Munich/Mahwah NJ Lightwave--ADVA Optical Networking today announced that its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 has been deployed by the Seminole County, Florida, government to accomodate growth in its voice, data, and video bandwidth requirements. Seminole County selected Siemens Information and Communication Networks to deploy the FSP 3000 as a converged network solution over a common metro optical network. Siemens resells ADVA's FSP products, including the FSP 3000, through a strategic and long-term partnership between the two companies.

With the introduction of voice, video and data applications, the Seminole County government's bandwidth needs had exceeded the capabilities of its OC-3 SONET infrastructure. Expansion of the county's infrastructure through deployment of additional optical fiber was found to be too expensive and time-consuming, so Seminole County instead sought a solution based on DWDM technology that would expand the capacity of its existing installed fiber infrastructure. The FSP 3000 was selected because of its scalability, interoperability with legacy ATM network equipment, flexibility in application support, and low total cost of ownership.

"We saved a tremendous amount of time and took advantage of the bandwidth from the moment we plugged ADVA's solution in," said Greg Holcomb, information technologies manager for the Seminole County government. "We would have been looking at probably two months to a year to lay all of the new fiber we would have required. The proposal from ADVA said its system was 'plug and play' and could be installed in two weeks. We figured that wasn't possible, but, literally within two weeks, we had scaled from 10-Mbit/sec to Gigabit Ethernet speeds and were running at full speed."

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 of up to 10 nodes across distances up to 500 km without regeneration.

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