ADVA's FSP deployed by LambdaNet in metro core network in Germany; launches Slimline FSP 3000

6 March 2003 -- ADVA Optical Networking's Fiber Service Platform products have been deployed by pan-European carrier's carrier LambdaNet Communications in metro core network infrastructure in five German cities.

6 March 2003 -- ADVA Optical Networking's Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 2000 and 3000 products have sold under the Siemens WaveLine label by sales partner Siemens IC Networks to pan-European carrier's carrier LambdaNet Communications for deployment in metro core network infrastructure in five German cities.

During the second half of 2002, LambdaNet installed about 40 STM-4 and STM-16 links in point-to-point and linear add/drop configurations. Using dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology, the metro network infrastructure has enabled LambdaNet to deploy new services for its carrier and enterprise customers. Additional deployments are targeted for other European cities over the next several years.

As well as its 22,000km European fibre and IP network connecting data centres and more than 100 cities in 11 countries and servicing more than 230 customers, LambdaNet also operates metropolitan area networks (MANs) in 14 European centres of business: London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasburg, Lyon, Madrid, Vienna, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Munich and Hamburg. LambdaNet offers traditional transport services (wavelength, bandwidth and collocation services) and delivers higher-value services that include advanced IP transport (IP transit, virtual private networks).

"Despite the on-going weak carrier spending environment, we are seeing positive signs as an increasing number of European carriers selectively deploy metro core and regional network infrastructure to address fibre relief concerns and leverage optical technologies to deploy new services," said ADVA's chief sales officer Jürgen Hansjosten.

* In a separate announcement, ADVA launched a new Slimline chassis version of its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 product, targeted at transporting a limited number of high-bandwidth applications from customer premise sites to metro network infrastructure, lowering capital expenditure (CapEx) and operating expenditure (OpEx) costs for carrier and enterprise customers.

Lower CapEx investments are achieved by reducing the equipment quantity and size deployed at customer premise and access sites. OpEx savings result from less equipment space and power consumption, while platform consistency with ADVA's standard FSP 3000 eliminates the need for training and additional spares.

The Slimline chassis measures 19 inches in width and 3 rack units in height, and holds up to two, instead of the usual eight, channel cards. All standard FSP 3000 channel cards meet the specifications of the Slimline chassis slots and are interchangeable, requiring no special line cards to be purchased for the smaller chassis size.

Designed for high-speed, point-to-point or feeder connections between customer premise sites and metro rings, the FSP 3000 Slimline chassis provides an optimum solution for Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or any application between 100Mbit/s and 10Gbit/s. It supports distances up to 80km without regeneration, and integrated erbium-doped fibre amplifiers (EDFAs) and regenerators enable transport up to 500km.

"We have already won our first large project in Europe for metro network infrastructure, which interconnects numerous customer premise sites with single and dual channels of 10Gbit/s traffic," said Brian P McCann, chief marketing & strategy officer.

The FSP 3000 is ADVA's carrier-class infrastructure solution for metro access, core, and regional networks. Targeted at carriers and service providers, the parallel use of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) and time division multiplexing (TDM) technology enables all protocols between 8Mbit/s and 10Gbit/s and up to 256 applications to be transported over one single fibre pair. The design supports point-to-point, linear add/drop, ring, and meshed network topologies with up to 10 nodes across distances up to 500km without regeneration.

ADVA is exhibiting at the CeBIT 2003 show in Hannover, Germany from 12-19 March 2003 in Hall 27, B16.

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