|[February 28, 2013]
Datagroup Chooses Ekinops for Deployment of Coherent 100G Across Ukraine
PARIS --(Business Wire)--
a leading supplier of next-generation optical equipment, announced that
Datagroup, a major Ukrainian telecommunications operator, has chosen
Ekinops (News - Alert) as its 100G supplier and has deployed Ekinops' coherent 100G
systems across its long-haul Ukrainian network.
Datagroup was seeking a solution that offered a cost-effective upgrade
path to higher capacity and faster network speeds across the thousands
of kilometers of fiber that make up its trans-Ukrainian network.
Datagroup offers a range of integrated communications services to
individuals and businesses, as well as to education and research
100G transport offers Datagroup a massive increase in bandwidth to serve
the needs of its diverse customer base. Before deploying, Datagroup
performed extensive testing of the Ekinops system to assess its
performance and compatibility with its installed base of 10G equipment.
The successful deployment involved transmission of 100G signals over an
existing DWDM network for a distance of 820 kilometers between Kiev and
Kharkev. The existing DWDM network is transporting many 10G waves and
the 100G channels were added without affecting the existing traffic.
This was achieved without making any changes to the existing network.
The initial deployment is on the route Lviv-Kiev-Kharkiv, connecting
western and eastern parts of the country.
Datagroup tested and selected the flagship Ekinops
360 platfrm and its 100G modules, which can be configured as either
transponders for transmission at 100G or as muxponders for aggregation
of 10G services into 100G. The modules are highly compact, at only 1RU.
"The Ekinops equipment worked exactly as we hoped," said Aleksandr
Danchenko, CEO of Datagroup. "The equipment was easy to install and
operate, delivering error-free 100G transmission across our existing
"Our solution is ideal both for greenfield deployments and for upgrading
existing transport networks," says Didier Bredy, CEO of Ekinops. "Its
small form factor and low power consumption allow operators like
Datagroup to scale their investment while upgrading their networks to
100G. Ekinops' long haul 100G solution is unique as it offers superior
optical performance in a 1RU design that can be configured as either a
100G transponder or as a muxponder. We're having great success with this
product that has been shipping for a year now."
Francois Xavier Ollivier, Ekinops' CTO, noted that "Datagroup's
successful deployment is one of many that validate Ekinops'
technological leadership at 100G. Our T-Chip
(Transport-on-a-Chip) technology allows us to deliver industry-unique
capabilities at 100G, just as we have at 10G. Our 100G offering is the
industry's only software programmable transponder and muxponder in one
and our leading-edge FEC (forward error correction) allows us to deliver
superior distance performance."
Datagroup, one of the fastest-growing companies in the Ukraine, serves
the Ukrainian market with residential and businesses communications
services. Datagroup maintains its own fiber-optic network throughout the
country, with a total length of 17,000 kilometers. Datagroup owns four
optic transition points to Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Russia. Total
capacity of the backbone network is 800 Gbps in the Europe and Russian
direction. For more information, visit http://www.datagroup.ua/.
Ekinops is a leading supplier of next generation optical transport
equipment for telecommunications service providers. The Ekinops 360
addresses Metro, Regional, and Long-Haul applications with a single,
highly-integrated platform. Ekinops is a market-leading innovator in
100G transport with its unique all-in-1RU® approach that
truly optimizes optical networks. The Ekinops 360 system relies on the
highly-programmable Ekinops T-Chip® (Transport-on-a-Chip)
that enables fast, flexible and cost-effective delivery of new services
for high-speed transport. Using the Ekinops 360 carrier-grade system,
operators can simply increase capacity of their networks - CWDM, DWDM,
Ethernet, ESCON, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, and uncompressed video
(HD-SDI, SD-SDI, ASI). Ekinops is headquartered in Lannion, France, and
Ekinops Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA.
For more information, visit Ekinops at www.ekinops.net.
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