ECI® Lights Up Europe's 400G Market with Multiple Deployments Across the Continent
Clients large and small have chosen ECI’s Apollo 400G solution to meet ever growing demand
Petach Tikva, Israel – July 12, 2017 – ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC network® solutions for
service providers, critical infrastructures, and data center operators, announced today the
continued deployment of its 400G solution, enabling customers to provide faster connectivity
and meet growing market demand. Within the last few months, key customers across Europe
have upgraded their networks with ECI’s Apollo family of optical products with integrated 400G
Optical networks continue to evolve, and are playing an essential role in providing the
necessary infrastructure to handle the growing demand that businesses and consumers are
placing on global networks. The emergence of ultra-high capacity wavelengths (200Gb/s and
higher) compatible with existing networks is necessary to keep ahead of the curve as essential
functions move rapidly to the cloud and into mega data centers. The new ECI deployments are
not only proof of market demand, but also that the ECI solution is a strong contender in this
ECI’s Apollo platform ensures service providers can easily meet today’s demand, while
remaining future-proof and flexible to meet the needs of tomorrow. It combines high-capacity,
low-latency OTN transport and switching, with software configurable, colorless, directionless
and gridless optical routing, for maximum efficiency. With the 400G blade, the allocation of
transmission rate and spectrum are fully flexible and can be determined by service, preference
or distance. Moreover, the ability to configure a mix of rates on both client and line sides
results in maximum efficiency, improved flexibility and reduced TCO (Total Cost of Ownership),
particularly suited to industry needs.
“As the optical networking industry evolves, ECI aims to be the supplier of choice for carriers
who are looking for a flexible solution that will grow with them as their needs change. ECI’s
Apollo family of solutions provides granular control over flows, supports rapid service
provisioning, dynamic service restoration, and maximum utilization of network capacity,” said
Jimmy Mizrahi, executive vice president, Global Portfolio at ECI. “The 400G flex-grid blade in
our Apollo suite of products is an excellent solution.”
A few of the companies who have already implemented ECI’s 400G solution include:
The Dutch National Research and Education Network SURFnet created a 400G
connection between Utrecht and Breda as part of an upgrade of its next generation
network, SURFnet8. The link provides a direct connection, with extremely high capacity
network capabilities, to support the flow of information between educational and
research organizations in two major university cities. This solution not only handles the
network loads they have now, but can easily adapt to meet the needs Dutch education
and research organizations may have in the future.
German service provider NetCom BW, which already operates a large Apollo network,
launched the 400G platform to support a link between Stuttgart and Frankfurt. This will
now serve as the basis for a direct connection to the Internet Exchange Frankfurt, taking
into account its steady customer growth, and the correlated growth of Internet traffic. It
also provides future growth possibilities with up to 88 parallel connections.
Romanian cable TV operator UPC, deployed the Apollo platform in its core ring that
services the main cities in Romania like Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, Oradea and Timisoara.
The Apollo 88 channel ring will provide 400G connectivity with 100G service interface,
replacing the old 10G interfaces. With the new technology in the core, the UPC network
is ready to assuage the ever-growing demand from its customers.
German data center operator New Telco has been a loyal ECI customer for nearly a
decade. They deployed ECI’s Apollo DWDM technology across the Frankfurt metro area.
The current project upgrades the existing 100G interfaces to 400G to provide a much
higher port density and throughput than ever before.
“ECI’s ultra-high capacity optical solutions, ensure our customers are at the cutting edge of
technology,” added Mizrahi. “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. We’re looking forward to
meeting the challenges ahead.”
ECI’s 400G flex-grid blade is just one of the ultra-high capacity solutions from ECI, offering
drastically improved spectral efficiency (compatible with 50GHz networks), reduced rack space
and power consumption, as well as integrated OSNR measurement and analysis (via award
winning LightPULSE™) and L1 encryption capabilities. For more information about ECI’s Apollo
platform, and how you can get started on the path to 400G, please visit:
ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, critical infrastructures as well as
data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport,
ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a
comprehensive cybersecurity solution, and a range of professional services. ECI's ELASTIC
solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications. With ECI, customers have the
luxury of choosing a network that can be tailor-made to their needs today while being flexible
enough to evolve with the changing needs of tomorrow.
For more information visit www.ecitele.com.