Datagroup to deploy 100-Gbps in Ukraine with Ekinops

French optical transport systems vendor Ekinops says that Ukranian telecom operator Datagroup has deployed Ekinops’ 100-G coherent transmission technology in its long-haul fiber-optic network.

French optical transport systems vendor Ekinops says that Ukranian telecom operator Datagroup has deployed Ekinops’ 100-Gbps coherent transmission technology in its long-haul fiber-optic network.

Datagroup offers a variety of communications services to individuals and businesses in Ukraine, as well as to education and research networks. It also owns four “transition points” to Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Russia. The operator needed a cost-effective upgrade path to higher capacity and faster network speeds across its national long-haul fiber cable network, which spans thousands of kilometers.

Coherent 100G transport meets these needs. But before the carrier fully deploy the Ekinops 360 DWDM platform, it tested the system on a live network of 820 km between Kiev and Kharkev that also carried 10-Gbps traffic. The 100G channels proved to be no impediment to the existing traffic and were implemented without making any changes to the existing network, Ekinops says.

"The Ekinops equipment worked exactly as we hoped," said Aleksandr Danchenko, CEO of Datagroup. "The equipment was easy to install and operate, delivering error-free 100G transmission across our existing network."

The initial official deployment covers a route that connects Lviv, Kiev, and Kharkiv, joining the western and eastern parts of the country.

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