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Belgacom International Carrier Services (ICS) has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 to provide 1Gbit/s and 10Gbit/s Ethernet and wholesale STM-1/4/16/64 wavelength services to its customers.

Belgacom ICS has more than 90 global points of presence (POPs) in cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Milan, Paris and Zurich.

In these major locations, the carrier has built metro rings that span up to 130km and connect the carrier’s primary local data centres via high-speed, high-capacity WDM (wavelength division multiplexing) links.

These rings give Belgacom ICS a flexible and easily expandable transport infrastructure.

The rings depend on the use of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs), which enable Belgacom ICS to automate the provisioning of new services, reach remote locations and decrease complexity in its network.

In planning this city-ring approach, Belgacom ICS considered numerous factors, including the need to deliver a broad spectrum of transmission speeds (from 100Mbit/s to 40Gbit/s) on the same platform and with a minimum of channel cards.

The carrier also considered solutions that would deliver built-in capacity of 40 wavelengths at the optical layer and enable automated deployment of services.

Patrick George, vice-president of marketing and product management at Belgacom ICS, said: ‘The ADVA FSP 3000, with its ROADM-based platform and multi-service cards, was the perfect fit.

‘It enabled us to increase the flexibility and overall quality of our network, while lowering power consumption, provisioning time and overall sparing and OPEX costs.’

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