Openreach launches Optical Spectrum Access service with ADVA Optical Networking gear

Openreach, the infrastructure division of BT Group, has launched a new Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) service using optical transport equipment from ADVA Optical Networking. Part of Openreach’s Optical Spectrum Service (OSS) portfolio, OSA is a network connectivity offering targeted at UK enterprises.

Jan 30th, 2012

Openreach, the infrastructure division of BT Group, has launched a new Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) service using optical transport equipment from ADVA Optical Networking. Part of Openreach’s Optical Spectrum Service (OSS) portfolio, OSA is a network connectivity offering targeted at UK enterprises.

The OSA service provides dedicated single or resilient point-to-point optical fiber links throughout the UK. With a route distance of up to 103 km, the service accommodates a range of interfaces and uses the same low-latency technology deployed in many of the world’s leading financial trading networks, Openreach and ADVA say. The service rides on a fiber-optic network built using ADVA’s FSP 3000 WDM system.

“The response to the FSP 3000 introduction has been exceptional,” said Jon Hurry, MD, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, Openreach. “Since the pre-launch of this service we’ve collaborated with a range of communications providers, whose customers are expecting dramatically more from their networks. Scalability and protecting their investment is at the heart of our customers’ strategy; they need to transport increasing amounts of data across greater distances more securely and faster than ever before. OSA meets those criteria. Today’s launch marks a milestone for U.K. businesses seeking to position their networks as a competitive advantage.”

“This is an incredible time to be involved in U.K. networks,” commented Alistair Swales, senior vice president, U.K. sales, ADVA Optical Networking. “In less than one month we’ve seen over 200 design requests from customers interested in the new OSA service. This is simply unparalleled. Our R&D teams are working closely with Openreach to ensure this new service fulfils its promise and takes UK enterprise networking to previously unattainable heights. For today’s businesses and their mission-critical data, OSA is an imperative.”

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