KCOM taps ADVA for open optical transport solution

Created November 26, 2021
News and Business

ADVA has announced that UK operator KCOM is harnessing its FSP 3000 open optical transport technology to meet soaring data demand. The new infrastructure enables the communication and IT service provider to deliver highly reliable, ultra-fast connectivity to more residential and business customers across its Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire footprint. Using ADVA’s QuadFlex™ line card, OpenFabric™ cross-connect and colourless, directionless, flexgrid ROADM technology, the solution enables KCOM to remotely turn up new services with flexibility and control. After managing all stages of design, implementation, optimisation and testing, ADVA’s specialist team will provide ongoing maintenance and support.

Designed for scale, bandwidth optimisation and low-power consumption, the ADVA FSP 3000 platform enables KCOM’s new transport system to provide a high level of efficiency. Using ADVA FSP 3000 QuadFlex™ technology, the solution will transport 100Gbps data loads across the region without the need for signal regeneration. Also key is the ADVA FSP 3000 OpenFabric™, which enables the aggregation of lower-speed services. KCOM is also utilising ADVA’s portfolio of professional services to accelerate deployment and maintain efficiency and service quality. The partnership guarantees that customers receive a network specifically tailored to their exact business requirements and backed up by 24/7 technical support.

“Last year, we deployed ADVA’s packet edge technology as we created the UK’s first full-fibre city. Through that process, we built up a great relationship with the ADVA team. So, when it came to taking our optical network to the next level, it made sense to turn to a partner whom we can rely on, who shares our ambitions and who we know will support us every step of the way,” said Tim Shaw, managing director, KCOM Wholesale and Networks. “With ADVA handling all elements of planning, project management and maintenance, we can concentrate on doing what we do best. Our new transport infrastructure will be a key tool in helping us deliver world-class fibre broadband to even more customers. It’s going to give households and businesses across the region a major boost.”

“The new solution is highly reliable, fully flexible and extremely cost-efficient. And thanks to the modular, scalable design of our FSP 3000 platform, KCOM can plan an exciting roadmap for further expansion and development in the future,” commented Hartmut Müller-Leitloff, SVP, sales, EMEA, ADVA. “We’re proud to be KCOM’s technology partner, enhancing all aspects of network rollout and maintenance and helping to expand the horizons of KCOM’s business. Our highly experienced engineers and consultants ensure speed, efficiency and overall quality, freeing KCOM to focus on new revenue opportunities and empowering its growing numbers of enterprise customers throughout Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire to do the same.”

For more information, visit www.adva.com

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This article was written
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.