ECI deploys multiple 400G flex-grid blades across Europe

14 July 2017 | Jason Mcgee-Abe

Over the last few months, ECI Telecom has continued to deploy its Apollo 400G solution, enabling customers to provide faster connectivity and meet growing market demand.

EuropeECI, a global provider of elastic network solutions to CSPs, critical infrastructures as well as data centre operators, has helped a number of customers across Europe to upgrade their networks with ECI’s Apollo optical products with integrated 400G flex-grid blade.

ECI’s Apollo platform combines high-capacity, low-latency OTN transport and switching, with software configurable, colourless, 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. It is compatible with 50GHz networks 

“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,” said Jimmy Mizrahi, executive vice president of the global portfolio at ECI. 

“ECI’s Apollo family of solutions provides granular control over flows, supports rapid service provisioning, dynamic service restoration, and maximum utilisation of network capacity. The 400G flex-grid blade in our Apollo suite of products is an excellent solution.”

The emergence of ultra-high capacity wavelengths (200Gbps 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 centres.

Mizrahi added: “ECI’s ultra-high capacity optical solutions, ensure our customers are at the cutting edge of technology. 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.”

Some of the companies that have adopted 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. 

• 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.

• 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 centre operator New Telco 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. 

Topics: ECI Telecom, 400G, Europe, Apollo, SURFnet, Netherlands, NetCom BW, Germany, UPC