FUNET taps ADVA for 400G-ready network

Created November 22, 2019
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IT Centre for Science, which operates the Finnish University and Research Network (FUNET), has deployed ADVA technology in response to soaring bandwidth demand. The new solution is now providing Finland’s universities and research facilities with reliable connectivity at speeds up to 200Gps. Built on the ADVA FSP 3000 open line system (OLS), the fully redundant network leverages ADVA’s QuadFlex™ transponders and ultra-flexible ROADM technology. This enables FUNET to rapidly respond to increasing demand for new services and bandwidth. Continual, real-time assurance is provided by ADVA’s ALM fibre monitoring solution. The network is also ready to expand to 400Gps, ensuring that it will satisfy the needs of Finland’s research and education community both now and in the future.

“ADVA’s open, future-proof technology empowers us to support the ambitions of Finland’s researchers, educators and students. They need constant access to high-bandwidth applications and enhanced data sharing. With this network, we can deliver fast, always-on services in a flexible and highly efficient way,” said Matti Laipio, development manager, FUNET network, CSC – IT Centre for Science. “Our new solution connects more than 80 organisations with each other, with other Nordic R&E transport networks, and with the world. It also offers researchers rapid access to the high-performance supercomputer in Kajaani. What makes this deployment so valuable, though, is that it provides superb capacity while also enabling an easy route to further expansion. With the inherent scalability of the modular FSP 3000 OLS, we know we’ll be able to continue to meet the demands of learners and scientists.”

“Our open technology is ideal for creating a scalable, disaggregated long-haul architecture like FUNET’s new 400Gbps-ready network. By working closely together with their team, we’ve been able to design a solution that meets all of their needs and ensure a smooth rollout to every corner of the country,” commented Ari Salomaa, sales director, Finland, ADVA. “This deployment is about empowering academics and scientists across a wide range of fields to go further than ever before. By taking advantage of world-class internet services and cutting-edge, data-intensive tools, Finland’s research community will be free to connect, collaborate and innovate even more.”

For more information, visit www.adva.com

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.