Covage chooses ADVA Optical Networking for metro network

OCTOBER 26, 2009 -- Developing its metro network infrastructure to more ably connect customers to its national backbone, French carrier Covage has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 throughout several metropolitan regions in France.

OCTOBER 26, 2009 -- Developing its metro network infrastructure to more ably connect customers to its national backbone, French carrier Covage has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 throughout several metropolitan regions in France.

The FSP 3000 is a scalable WDM system designed for service providers and large enterprises that require a flexible, cost-effective system that will multiplex, transport, and protect high-speed data, storage, voice, and video applications, according to ADVA Optical Networking.

An “operator of operators,” Covage creates and supports the delivery of IP services to administrative and business customers through a network of international, national, regional, and local service providers. With an emphasis on providing storage area network (SAN) connectivity and managed Ethernet services to a growing customer base in France, Covage required a metro network that enabled the carrier to deploy manageable, flexible services that could be easily expanded based on customer need.

“Covage is committed to delivering the best quality of guaranteed high-bandwidth services to its customers,” stated Vincent Couarraze, director for Covage Networks. “We chose ADVA Optical Networking from several other suppliers because it offers the most flexible and reliable metro WDM [wavelength-division multiplexing] solution on the market. Choosing ADVA Optical Networking was a strategic choice, considering the reputation and experience the company has in SAN interconnection of storage devices. ADVA Optical Networking’s carrier-class network management tool was also a deciding factor for us.”

France is one of the most advanced networking countries in Europe, with a government-backed mandate to provide ubiquitous broadband access to residents and businesses. Covage is currently completing CWDM point-to-point links in four regions of France in an effort to bring guaranteed high-capacity services to more end users. The carrier is offering 1-Gbps Ethernet and storage services, with the goal to quickly upgrade to 10-Gbps speeds.

As a complement to its telecom operator activity, Covage has invested in hosting services in the west of France. Today, Covage supplies datacenter and telecom services in the cities of Caen and Nantes. The company is also heavily involved with the southern highway authority (ASF, Autoroutes du Sud de la France) in a nationwide project to secure France’s highways. Covage plays a role in ensuring the French highway system is expertly managed and contributes to the national goal of an advanced broadband society.

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