BT Ignite using ADVA FSP 2000 for 2.5 Gigabit data service in UK

16 January 2003 -- BT Ignite has launched a 2.5 Gigabit service in the UK based on ADVA's FSP 2000 platform and branded as WaveStream Connect.

16 January 2003 -- Optical networking solutions provider ADVA Optical Networking says that British Telecom subsidiary BT Ignite, a provider of broadband and IP data solutions, has launched a 2.5 Gigabit service in the UK.

Based on ADVA's Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 2000 and branded as the WaveStream Connect, BT Ignite's new service is targeted at enterprises with high-bandwidth requirements and heavy data traffic for local area network (LAN) and storage area network (SAN) applications.

ADVA's FSP 2000 employs parallel use of coarse/dense wavelength division multiplexing (C/DWDM) and TDM technology to enable up to 256 applications to be transported over a single fibre pair. Its can transport all protocols between 8Mbit/s and 10Gbit/s, particularly suitable for large-scale, high-bandwidth storage networks. Newly released features include a universal card and small form pluggable (SFP) transceivers.

"Large organisations face comprehensive communications networks today which need to be efficiently and cost-effectively managed," says Alan Davies, Manager ShortHaul Data Services, BT Ignite. "Our mission at BT Ignite is to minimise this burden for customers by providing the most reliable and advanced data services over the largest optical network infrastructure in the UK. The new 2.5 Gigabit WaveStream Connect service is targeted specifically to meet increasing customer demand for the transportation of high-bandwidth storage data over high speeds to secure remote back-up sites."

"BT Ignite has achieved a high level of market penetration in the UK over the past four years with data services based on our FSP 500 and FSP-II product platforms - the new 2.5 Gigabit WaveStream Connect represents the fifth service launched by BT Ignite based on an ADVA product," commented Jürgen Hansjosten, chief sales officer at ADVA Optical Networking. "The new service based on our FSP 2000 will gradually replace the previous-generation service based on our FSP-II, and we are now providing BT Ignite with 24x7x365 Level 1 and 2 technical support and service."

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