THUS plc taps CIENA to support "City Ethernet" service

February 6, 2003--CIENA Corp. today announced that THUS plc has selected CIENA's ONLINE Edge Multiservice CWDM Platform to support its Local Area Network extension services, known as "City Ethernet."

Feb 6th, 2003

CIENA Corp. today announced that THUS plc has selected CIENA's ONLINE Edge Multiservice CWDM Platform to support its Local Area Network extension services, known as "City Ethernet."

The deal allows THUS to offer carrier-class metro and national Ethernet services at Gigabit speeds to the enterprise market. Enterprise customers of THUS, one of the United Kingdom's leading providers of voice, data, Internet and call center services, are now able to use either "National Ethernet" or "City Ethernet" products to reduce data communication costs and remove geographical barriers, to achieve greater flexibility and agility within their businesses, say CIENA representatives.

"City Ethernet" is a high-speed metro Ethernet service that allows enterprise customers to link sites through private Ethernet connections operating at the same high speed as their office network. "National Ethernet" is a high-speed national Ethernet offering that extends the benefits of "City Ethernet" to include flexible bandwidth and tariffs to meet all customer needs and budgets.

Ethernet already powers most company LANs. For the majority of these companies, however, when this traffic enters the leased line Wide Area Network (WAN) to travel to another office, it can slow to less than 10 percent of the LAN speed. CIENA's ONLINE Edge Platform takes advantage of CWDM technology to deliver low-cost, high-speed services, including Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel and SDH services, to overcome this bandwidth bottleneck, explains the company.

CIENA's ONLINE Edge CWDM Platform delivers service transparency through intelligent CWDM optical technology combined with service aggregation. The compact and modular ONLINE Edge Platform is designed for enterprises and service providers who want to offer high-bandwidth services over a single optical infrastructure.


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