France-IX choses Nokia for backbone upgrade

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France-IX has selected Nokia for the renewal of its interconnection backbone.

The Nokia 7750-SR-s IP router will enable France-IX to provide its peering community members with an advanced IXP platform that delivers optimum connection capacity for both current and future needs.

“We are very pleased to partner with France-IX as it takes another leap forward in renewing its infrastructure by selecting Nokia’s latest generation of powerful IP routers,” says Rafael De Fermin, senior vice president of Europe and MEA for Nokia’s IP and Optical business. “Among the most innovative IXPs, France-IX is keen to scale 100G capacity and deliver 400G interconnection on a stable, programmable platform that leverages automation and reduces time to market for new services. With Nokia IP routers, France-IX is free to focus on enabling and delivering new and expanded services for its customers into the future.”

The new platform will deliver a higher port density to accommodate predicted growth as well as the evolution of France-IX’s service offerings will also be supported by the Nokia IP routers, which are 400GE-ready. In addition, these will also create a smooth upgrade path from VPLS and EVPN (Ethernet VPN), as well as the ability to offer network automation and Telemetry.

Once completed the new backbone will enable France-IX to be more flexible, allowing it to automate the provisioning of new services and reducing the time to their activation to than a day from receiving a request from resellers and France-IX Marketplace sellers.

“We chose Nokia as our long-term partner because it offers the most advanced technology to homogenise the whole foundation for our IXP platform infrastructure starting with the renewal of our backbone and working towards a broader objective of achieving a long-term homogenous platform for all our PoPS,” added Simon Muyal (pictured), chief technical officer at France-IX. “This major investment – the highest made by France-IX since its creation – will give us outstanding stability and the ability to meet our anticipated growth in terms of increased demand for capacity. We look forward to being able to scale valuable new service offerings, automate network operations, or rapidly deploy new services without constraints.”

Deployment is due to begin in Paris and Marseille this year, with completion set for 2020 according to need.