Bezeq, a telecommunications service provider in Israel, has selected Ekinops to provide optical transport equipment intended to connect key sites in the northern and southern parts of the country.
Ekinops, a designer and supplier of optical equipment, and partner Rotal Networks have provided Bezeq with an optical transport and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) platform: the Ekinops 360. Bezeq is leveraging the platform's optical performance to maximize the capacity of its fiber network.
This recent adoption is part of Bezeq’s multi-year mission to upgrade its network and deploy an advanced Next Generation Network (NGN) to support new high-speed broadband services and advanced IP telephony services to its residential and business customers.
“Half of the country is already connected to the new NGN and in 2011 we expect to reach 80 percent,” says Itzik Cohen, director of transport and data engineering at Bezeq. “Every week thousands of new homes are being connected and we need to have the optical backbone to support this growth.” The carrier-class Ekinops 360 platform enables Bezeq to consolidate many fibers into one, freeing up fiber cables for other revenue opportunities, he says.
The new network optimizes Bezeq’s existing optical infrastructure by consolidating data traffic from multiple fiber-optic cables onto a single cable using DWDM technology, enabling Bezeq to reclaim and reuse its fiber cables. The network carries 10G Ethernet, 2.5G SDH, and Gigabit Ethernet services and can deliver speeds up to 400 Gb/s per fiber cable, lowering operating costs and conserving fiber.
The architecture of the network is based on the Ekinops 360 platform, the company's line of multiprotocol muxponders, and DynaFEC Forward Error Correction technology, enabling Bezeq to achieve greater distance with no regeneration.
“Bezeq is investing a significant amount of capital and resources to maintain its leadership position,” says Jonathan Amir, vice president of global sales for Ekinops. “Bezeq is deploying Next Generation technology to support a population known for its appetite for cutting-edge technology and high-speed Internet.”
Ekinops 360 provides DWDM and CWDM in a single system that addresses metro, regional, and long-haul applications. It offers features such as DynaMux, dynamic multiplexing functionality that allows multiplexing of any mix of protocols over a single wavelength and over any protocol on that wavelength; DynaFEC forward error correction, enabling longer reach using software; and WaveBonding long-reach 40G technology.