Epsilon rolls out Ekinops FlexRate solution to its network
09 April 2018 | Natalie Bannerman
Ekinops, a provider of optical transport solutions, is deploying its PM 200FRS02 FlexRate line module in a greenfield network built by Epsilon.
The news comes as Epsilon says it has seen increased demand for its software-defined networking (SDN) and on-demand connectivity solutions over the last 18 months. As a result Epsilon is building a greenfield network to meet the growing demand in New York City all using kinops PM 200FRS02 FlexRate line modules that provide up to 200G of bandwidth for connectivity of 100GbE services to any of its 18 New York metro area points of presence (PoPs).
"In a global market driven by SDN, it is critical that we deliver new levels of scalability and flexibility. Our partners want on-demand solutions that can grow with their businesses no matter where they are located," said Vibeke Harder, director of global network operations and technology at Epsilon. "Ekinops gave us the networking solutions we needed with some very aggressive timeframes. They worked closely with us to understand our needs and delivered a solution that will support our business in North America and Europe. We are a unique business and Ekinops gave us a unique solution."
In addition to enhanced performance and flexibility, Ekinops solution can also deliver scalability. With the FlexRate module up to six modules can be deployed in a single shelf providing 1.2Tbps of capacity in just 2RU and with ultra-low power consumption. Ekinops was also the only vendor that was able to meet Epsilon’s four week delivery schedule that was made in order to meet specific customer demands.
Epsilon says that its European networks are in high-demand and is upgrading its network in Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam using Ekinops ROADM solutions as well as its passive filter solutions to provide a cost-effective alternative for access to capacity.
"Networks today are all about speed, not just bit rates, but speed to market and speed of delivery and Epsilon is a perfect example of this approach. The Ekinops 360 platform with the PM 200FRS02 helps them in each of these areas today with 200G, while also providing the pathway to 400G when they need it," added Mark Burton, vice president of sales EMEA of Ekinops.
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