TDF deploys Ciena’s 100G

TDF, continental Europe’s biggest owner of broadcast and telecoms masts has deployed Ciena’s optical solutions to provide 100G capabilities to its customers.

This will allow TDF to address the need for increased bandwidth for its customers that are interested in high speed and low latency connectivity.

TDF can also leverage Ciena’s converged packet optical platform to expand its network and provide service to new verticals – including IT, healthcare, telecom and government industries – and further strengthen its position in the media space, by fully addressing its specific demand in capacity, speed and power.

Ciena’s expertise in network modernization combined with the strong partnership between the two companies will enable TDF, a Ciena BizConnect partner, to continue developing new services in line with users’ needs, such as very high speed and low latency connectivity and data center interconnection.

TDF’s high-capacity network, stretching 4,200 kilometres, is connected to data centers in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille and Rennes and will increase its reach in France to 5,000 kilometres by the end of 2014.

The performance of the new network was tested and approved on a long-haul transmission network from Bordeaux to Marseille (via Paris), which covered 1,800 kilometres in France, without needing regeneration. With this deployment, TDF is now positioned as a key player in the French digital economy.

The network will be powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with third generation WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors and integrated packet switching capabilities. TDF will also leverage Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System, for unified and simplified low-touch service management. OneControl also enables rapid service delivery, comprehensive transparent service visualization, and network monitoring and diagnostics.

With this technology and adoption of Ciena’s OPn architecture approach, TDF will benefit from an extremely robust and efficient network that can easily scale to address all the diverse service requirements for its enterprise customers.

“The network is now critical to numerous organisations in different sectors. As part of our experience in the media sector and in order to address new markets, we implemented an expansion strategy that requires a reliable packet-optical technology and a partner that could support us in the creation of new services. Ciena provided us with that by helping us broaden our range of solutions, identify new clients and seize new opportunities,” said Jean-Louis Mounier, industrial director, TDF Group

“Addressing these challenges requires an architecture that is future-proof and combines intelligence, scalability and high capacity – all areas where Ciena excels. In our collaboration with TDF, we are laying the foundation for next-generation 100G offers, and also positioning them to address current market challenges with new advanced, high-speed applications and services for its customers,” Eric Sèle, vice president strategic solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Ciena

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