Monday, February 9, 2009

France's RENATER Deploys Ciena CN 4200 for Extended Reach

RENATER, the national research and education network in France, has chosen Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform to create a proprietary mesh WDM network spanning the entire country. The project, RENATER 5, showcases Ciena's CN 4200 regional and long-haul transport capabilities, which expand the platform's geographical range to more than 1500 kilometers.

Ciena said the new extended reach features of Ciena's CN 4200 platform deployed in the RENATER 5 project are aimed at bridging the gap between traditional metro and ultra long-haul platforms. With the use of high-performance amplifiers, transceiver enhancements and advanced software features, Ciena can extend the maximum distances between network nodes to more than 1500 kilometers, or more than double its previous transport distance capabilities.

RENATER was originally deployed in the early 1990s to connect universities and research centers throughout France. Today, RENATER connects more than 1000 sites across the country and beyond via campus, metropolitan and regional networks. As part of the RENATER 5 project, the organization replaced both leased bandwidth and its point-to-point WDM backbone with a national meshed WDM network linking all of its points of presence (PoPs) in France.