Ekinops is selected by Czech-based carrier for metro fibre

Ekinops is selected by Czech-based carrier for metro connectivity

23 October 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Ekinops has been selected by itself s.r.o., a telecom service provider in the Czech Republic, to provide additional metro network capacity.

Under the agreement, Ekinops will deliver the additional connectivity via its optical backbone and between its strategic data centre hubs in Brno and IvanĨice.

"Ekinops was the only vendor that could provide a platform capable of aggregating multiple 10Gbps services together with 100Gbps into a high bit-rate signal," said Martin Janda, CTO, itself s.r.o. "The technical knowledge of the Ekinops' team was unsurpassed, and the solution was impressively cost effective. The additional network capacity has future-proofed our network substantially; we are now able to continue to scale our services in line with the bandwidth requirements of our residential and business."

The advanced DWDM data centre solution uses Ekinops' FlexRate optical transport platform, operating at 200Gbps and aggregates multiple 10GbE clients together with 100GbE traffic on the same wavelength, lowering the cost-per-bit and network opex.

Additionally, Ekinops' FlexRate technology allows service providers to select, on a per-application basis, the line rate that best meets their needs and to modify that line rate to enable additional capacity to be added to the network as customer demand for bandwidth increases. 

"Much of the Czech economy depends on the connectivity services provided by itself s.r.o., so it is vital that its network capacity stays well ahead of customer demand," added Frank Dedobbeleer, VP Group Sales EMEA & APAC at Ekinops. "This is another example of how our optical transport solutions are enabling service providers to redefine the limits of their optical networks, driving down costs and increasing flexibility at the same time."

Following the initial implementation the solution has been expanded to use Ekinops' 600Gbps FlexRate module to connect a variety of new locations across the country. The same FlexRate solution with a single carrier 400Gbps will be implemented on a newly built, high capacity DWDM system based on EKINOPS 360 platform, scheduled for build during the autumn of 2019.