ENERGIE AG Data taps Ciena's CN 4200

JANUARY 7, 2008 -- ENERGIE AG Data will deploy the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform and ON-Center Network and Service Management Suite to improve multi-site connectivity between ENERGIE AG Oberosterreich, one of the largest utility companies in Austria, and its local subsidiaries.

JANUARY 7, 2008 -- Ciena Corp. (search for Ciena) today announced that ENERGIE AG Data will deploy the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform and ON-Center Network and Service Management Suite to improve multi-site connectivity between ENERGIE AG Oberosterreich, one of the largest utility companies in Austria, and its local subsidiaries.

ENERGIE AG Data will also utilize Ciena's CN 4200 (search for CN 4200) to deliver Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and storage services to business customers in Upper Austria when the division launches its enterprise and wholesale offerings. Systems integrator Datentechnik Austria GmbH, recently appointed Ciena partner in Austria, will implement the deployment.

ENERGIE AG Data is the telecom services arm of ENERGIE AG, a leading infrastructure group in Austria that owns 12 separate companies specializing in energy supply and distribution to business and private customers. The Group also offers gas supply, water and wastewater treatment, and waste disposal in addition to telecommunications services.

A key element of Ciena's FlexSelect Architecture--a flexible hardware-based, software-driven approach to transitioning to next-generation, converged networks--the CN 4200 is a service-oriented, next-generation WDM transport and aggregation platform, explain Ciena representatives. The CN 4200 will enable ENERGIE AG Data to improve the efficiency and performance of the Group's private optical network, which connects more than 1,400 sites throughout Upper Austria, as the company begins to migrate its current SDH-based network toward WDM platforms to support the growth of advanced data services.

"Ciena's 4200 platform, combined with Datentechnik's skills and expertise, is the ideal solution to optimize our network capacity and efficiency and support new services," contends Dr. Manfred Litzlbauer, managing director at EENERGIE AG Oberosterreich Data. "As the CN 4200 supports multiple services on a single wavelength, we'll be able to get the most out of our network investment as well as reduce the cost of running it. The CN 4200 is also a very flexible solution because ports can be configured remotely to support any optical protocol as needed and different customers can be managed individually across the network," he adds. "This puts us in a better position to launch new telecom services more quickly and cost-effectively once we enter the business market."

The CN 4200 leverages ITU G.709 OTN standards-based technology to enable grooming and aggregation of multiple service types on a single wavelength, providing ENERGIE AG with the most efficient wavelength utilization possible, say Ciena representatives. This technology allows network operators to aggregate up to 64 different service types onto a single 10G wavelength or 16Iservices onto a single 2.5GIwavelength. Each individual service, including SONET/SDH, Ethernet, storage, and video, is carried with full transparency and performance management data and can be delivered at any location on the network for optimal wavelength utilization, says the company.

ENERGIE AG Data says it will also use Ciena's ON-Center Network and Service Management Suite to more efficiently and proactively manage its network, including proactive outage detection and identification of customers or services affected by network troubles. In particular, the ON-Center Service Layer Manager (SLM) will allow ENERGIE AG Data to offer enterprise and wholesale customers active reports on the health and status of the network as well as Service Level AgreementI(SLA) performance.

"ENERGIE AG is one of a growing number of utility companies across central and Eastern Europe that are starting to leverage their private network infrastructure to offer telecom services to the enterprise market," notes Francois Locoh-Donou, vice president and general manager, Ciena EMEA. "The 4200 continues to meet the needs of this emerging sector with support for virtually all service types and functionalities, enabling service providers to roll out new services faster and with less infrastructure investment," he says.


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