SURFnet demonstrates Cisco 100G DWDM solution between Amsterdam and Geneva

Telecom Lead Europe: SURFnet, a Research &
Education Network (NREN) organization in Netherlands, has completed a
technology test of Cisco’s 100G DWDM solution between the National
Supercomputing Center, SARA, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and CERN in Geneva,
Switzerland, using the Cisco ONS 15454 M6 Multiservice Transport Platform.

The Cisco system uses dense wavelength-division
multiplexing (DWDM) to unite multiple optical carrier signals on a single
optical fiber, leading to several benefits including increased fiber capacity.


The test involved introducing 100G single carrier optical
interfaces into SURFnet’s existing optical infrastructure made up of a
combination of 10G, 40G and 100G wavelengths.


“Service providers around the globe see the need to
get prepared for the next internet, including an increased demand for video,
collaboration, and distributed computing and SURFnet is no exception. SURFnet’s
successful evaluation shows that Cisco is ready to deliver the network
foundation for the Next Generation Internet,” said Bill Gartner, vice president
and general manager, Converged Optical and Routing Business Unit, Cisco.


The company said that once connected, the Cisco 100G DWDM
solution was quickly operational without any disruption to the existing


The demonstration shows that SURFnet can utilize its
existing infrastructure and help protect its network investment while
supporting new 100G data services over the existing fiber infrastructure.


“This 100G alien wavelength demonstration is another
important step in the future of international networking across geographical,
technical and administrative borders,” said Roeland Nuijts, optical network
architect, SURFnet.


Utilizing this type of 100G technology allows research
and education networks such as SURFnet to use its existing 50GHz spectrum band
more efficiently and provide cost-effective all-optical connectivity across
international borders.


Recently, Cisco
announced that du, an integrated telecommunications service provider in the
UAE, is deploying a nationwide mobile broadband network enabled by a
Cisco mobile Internet solution.


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