Prosodie, Nortel roll out broadband network in France

JUNE 7, 2007 -- Prosodie's high-bandwidth optical network will use Nortel equipment to interconnect six major sites across the Paris and Rhône-Alpes region of France.

JUNE 7, 2007 -- Prosodie, an online services provider, is rolling out a next-generation network from Nortel (search for Nortel) to improve operational efficiency and support more corporate clients with high-bandwidth communications such as voice, data, and multimedia services.

Nortel says it will connect six major Prosodie sites across the Paris and Rhône-Alpes region of France, converging services over a single enhanced network to deliver the flexibility and bandwidth needed for supporting Prosodie clients that want to securely outsource all or part of their communications services.

"Today, our corporate clients trust us with the management of their most critical business applications," says Patrice Merrien, head of Infrastructure and Technical Resources at Prosodie. "We have implemented an infrastructure adapted to client needs [that] is always available, high-performance, and flexible. This infrastructure also handles the transmission of voice and data traffic between our different Prosodie sites," says Merrien. "Due to the upgradeability and flexibility of the Nortel solution, we now have a simplified method for managing sustained traffic growth while increasing our service availability."

"The new era of hyper-connectivity, where everything that can be connected to the network will be connected, is fueling huge increases in bandwidth demand," adds Philippe Morin, president of Metro Ethernet Networks at Nortel. "For outsourcing service providers like Prosodie, this trend is multiplied across hundreds of clients in varying locations. Nortel focuses its technology on simplifying network complexity and making the numbers of people and devices on the network much easier to manage."

The Prosodie network will include the Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 and 6100, Nortel Optical Metro 5200, and Nortel Global Services. The Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 will provide optical transport via SDH backbone links at 2.5-Gbit/sec DWDM, upgradeable to 10 Gbits/sec. According to Nortel, this will afford Prosodie the flexibility to add a multitude of services across the 10G infrastructure as its business dictates. The Optical Multiservice Edge 6100 will take the access traffic levels of 2 Mbits/sec to 2.5 Gbits/sec and feed them into the 6500. Optical Metro 5200, which Nortel claims is the most widely-used WDM multi-services platform in France and across the world, will enable the underlying WDM transport layer.

Nortel will manage rollout of the network at the various sites, and Prosodie teams will perform the transfer of applications to the new network.

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