EWE TEL selects Infinera for German backbone network

JUNE 25, 2007 -- After intense evaluation, EWE TEL says it selected Infinera's Digital Optical Networks architecture to provision services quickly and cost-effectively as network demands grow and evolve.

JUNE 25, 2007 -- German service provider EWE TEL has selected Infinera (search for Infinera) as the optical backbone for EWE TEL's network.

Located in Oldenburg, EWE TEL is one of Germany's leading regional telecom operators and provides high-speed Internet access, voice services, wireless, and enterprise data to more than 300,000 customers in northern Germany. The company was founded in 1996 as a subsidiary of EWE Aktiengesellschaft, which ranks among Germany's major energy companies. EWE TEL uses its own telecommunications network, which spans approximately 25,000 kilometers, to provide its services to customers in more than 350 cities and municipalities in the federal states of Lower Saxony and Brandenburg and in the city state of Bremen. Key components of the telecommunications business are conventional telephone services, mobile communication, Internet services, and custom services for business customers.

The European systems integrations partner AXIANS, represented in Germany by NK Networks & Services, introduced the Infinera Digital Optical Networks portfolio to the EWE TEL in 2005. After intense evaluation, EWE TEL says it selected Infinera's Digital Optical Networks architecture to provision services quickly and cost-effectively as network demands grow and evolve. With high-speed Internet traffic growing significantly, EWE TEL says it needs the flexibility to react to sudden customer demands. The advanced features and functionality of the Infinera DTN platform also makes it economic for EWE TEL to deploy Infinera in many cities in its network, bringing the advantages of integrated bandwidth management and GMPLS network intelligence to the entire network, say EWE TEL representatives.

"We selected Infinera because we see that Infinera's photonic integration gives us the most flexibility to react to customer demands within our region and operate cost optimal optical networks," recalls Dr. Manfred Burke, head of the development department at EWE TEL. "NK Networks & Services--our long-experienced system integrator--helped us deploy and integrate the Infinera platform within our network," he says.

"We are very pleased to be working with EWE TEL as one of our newest customers in Europe," adds Infinera co-founder and CEO Jagdeep Singh. "We believe that the Infinera solution is a great fit for fast-growing service providers like EWE TEL, who are at the leading edge of new Internet services deployments and who focus on delivering cost-effective and highly reliable services to their customers."

With a total capacity of 800 Gbits/sec and fast, simple service turn-up thanks to its digital architecture, the Infinera DTN is designed to meet the needs of high-bandwidth networks and fast-growing networks, claim Infinera representatives. The Infinera DTN is architected to combine high-capacity transport, fully reconfigurable switching, and GMPLS service intelligence in one platform, says the company.

NK Networks & Services

In a related announcement, Infinera and NK Networks & Services have entered into a marketing, sales, and support partnership to enhance the market coverage of Infinera's Digital Optical Networks in the markets of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The relationship between Infinera and NK Networks combines the advantages of Infinera's Digital Optical Networks architecture based on its photonic integrated circuits (PICs) with NK's well-established reputation for providing quality technology, service, and support to the central European region, say representatives from both companies.

The partnership has already scored a significant success, with the aforementioned decision by EWE TEL. NK Networks also has supported deployment by freenet AG of Infinera's Digital Optical Network. Freenet is an Internet service provider with a nationwide network in Germany. NK says it maintains at its headquarters in Cologne a multi-vendor interoperability lab for demonstrating the capabilities of the Infinera DTN, including the capacity of Infinera's GMPLS network intelligence to automatically discover the network topology and dynamically provision end-to-end optical capacity across the network.

NK Networks & Services, doing business under the global brand name Axians, has customers that include major service providers, banks, and insurance companies, as well as the Munich and Frankfurt Airports and the German national parliament in Berlin.

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