ECI touts 400G Apollo optical network system deployments in Europe

ECI has announced four deployments in Europe of its Apollo family of optical network systems with integrated 400-Gbps flex-grid blade. The deployments, which ECI says occurred over the last few months, cover a wide range of fiber-optic network operators, including German NetCom BW.

ECI has announced four deployments in Europe of its Apollo family of optical network systems with integrated 400-Gbps flex-grid blade (see "ECI adds 400G blade to Apollo packet-optical transport platform"). The deployments, which ECI says occurred over the last few months, cover a wide range of fiber-optic network operators, including:

  • The Dutch National Research and Education Network SURFnet, who linked Utrecht and Breda as part of an upgrade of its SURFnet8 network (see "SURFnet chooses ECI for SURFnet8 optical transport network"). The 400G link provides a direct connection that supports information flow between educational and research organizations in the two major university cities.
  • German service provider NetCom BW deployed the 400G platform to connect Stuttgart and Frankfurt, which will be the foundation for a direct connection to the Internet Exchange Frankfurt.
  • Romanian cable TV operator UPC deployed the Apollo platform in the ring optical network that serves Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, Oradea, Timisoara, and other influential Romanian cities. The Apollo 88-channel ring replaces the old 10G interfaces to provide 400G connectivity with 100G service interface.
  • German data center operator New Telco deployed ECI's Apollo DWDM technology throughout the Frankfurt metro area, replacing 100G interfaces with 400G to provide a higher port density and throughput.

"ECI's ultra-high capacity optical solutions ensure our customers are at the cutting edge of technology," said Jimmy Mizrahi, ECI executive vice president, Global Portfolio. "The sheer number and variety of clients who have already deployed them across Europe, and elsewhere, is an indicator of how traffic needs are growing. We are confident these numbers will continue to grow worldwide."

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