Sanef Telecoms deploys Atrica gear

July 18, 2006 Paris, France and Santa Clara, CA -- Sanef Telecoms, a business unit of motorway company Sanef Group and a regional telecommunications operator, has deployed Atrica's Carrier Ethernet systems. Sanef Telecoms will leverage the equipment to deliver customized, high-speed and very high-speed communications services to local authorities, public institutions, and businesses situated near its motorways in France, and to expand its wholesale services business.

July 18, 2006 Paris, France and Santa Clara, CA -- Sanef Telecoms, a business unit of motorway company Sanef Group and a regional telecommunications operator, has deployed Atrica's Carrier Ethernet systems. Sanef Telecoms will leverage the equipment to deliver customized, high-speed and very high-speed communications services to local authorities, public institutions, and businesses situated near its motorways in France, and to expand its wholesale services business.

The new communications infrastructure will enable the company to cost-effectively, rapidly, and reliably fulfill the burgeoning demand for connectivity among businesses and other institutions that span multiple metros throughout France, and to provide an alternative to existing wholesale service providers. The network's scalability, reliability, and low cost structure will strengthen Sanef Telecom's competitive position against incumbent European service providers.

With a 3,855-km fiber optic network that connects the greater Paris region with the major cities of northern and eastern France, Sanef Telecoms delivers services such as high-speed Internet, Ethernet VPNs, video surveillance, video conferencing, and IP telephone to business parks and industrial estates.

As Sanef Telecoms sought to pursue the growing enterprise connectivity market in Europe, which is being driven in part by the requirement that remote storage must be 300 km from the initial site, and to expand its wholesale business, it discovered that its existing Ethernet/SDH/DWDM network, which had been serving the company's internal connectivity needs and some wholesale services, were inadequate to meet these markets' scalability, reliability, cost, and time-to-service demands.

Sanef Telecom selected the Atrica equipment for their delivery of critical functionality areas such as support of TDM traffic via circuit emulation, guaranteed end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with CIR and EIR, sub-50-msec resiliency, scalability of the network architecture, and carrier-class service management and provisioning, according to Atrica. The infrastructure's compliance with the Metro Ethernet Forum's Global Carrier Ethernet Service Definitions was another key consideration, the company added.

Sanef Telecoms has deployed Atrica's Carrier Ethernet product suite, including the A-8100 Carrier Ethernet Core Switch, the A-4100 Carrier Ethernet Aggregation Switch, and the A-2100 Carrier Ethernet Edge Switch, as well as the Atrica Service Platform for Ethernet Networks, an integrated service provisioning and management system.

"Sanef has a reputation for leveraging the latest technological innovations to unfailingly serve our customers' needs," said Hélidéo Costa-Elias, director for Sanef Telecoms. "This Carrier Ethernet deployment upholds that reputation, as it allows our customers to take advantage of an evolving, accessible network to meet their daily communications challenges."

"In EMEA, the challenging competitive environment includes alternative service providers such as utilities and other entities such as motorway operator Sanef that can leverage rights of way and build out their own fiber infrastructure," said Dave Dunphy, research director of network infrastructure at Ovum-RHK. "Those wishing to cash in on the growth in data services to the enterprise want the ability to offer high-capacity services that are resilient and offer 50-msec restoration. They will definitely consider Carrier Ethernet solutions that can offer these attributes and the potential cost savings of L2 switched solutions."

"We are thrilled to add an innovator like Sanef Telecoms to our portfolio of world-class Carrier Ethernet customers," said Vivek Ragavan, president and CEO of Atrica. "Sanef Telecoms' decision to deploy our solutions reflects the increasing momentum that Carrier Ethernet -- and Atrica -- is seeing among European utility and motorway companies as they look to build state-of-the-art, cost-effective, scalable communications infrastructures."

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