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KPN International network achieves 40 Gbit/s performance


KPN International has completed phase one of the upgrade to 40 Gbit/s across its European fiber network. The Paris - London - Amsterdam links can now run at these high speeds, with other key European destinations scheduled for completion this quarter.

As part of its drive to provide next generation network services to carriers, service providers and corporate users, KPN International is moving ahead with this upgrade to 40 Gbit/s. Customer demand for bandwidth and performance have driven this development, and with the upgrade KPN International has been able to quadruple performance.

KPN International has achieved these new service and performance levels through the widespread adoption of new Optical Transport Network (OTN) technologies from technology partner Huawei.

The new solution has been exhaustively tested over recent months. This testing culminated in a London launch event at which KPN International wholesale and Huawei customers were invited to test drive the next generation network.

Carolien Nijhuis, Managing Director of KPN International, explains the business logic for this significant upgrade: ’As data, video and voice use continue to grow for both wholesale and corporate customers, there is no limit in sight for capacity or performance. As network owners, we need to distinguish ourselves both by being ready for demand and by being flexible in our response.’

To achieve these new un-regenerated 40 Gbit/s links, KPN International capitalises on its stake in the 208 km Ulysses sea cable between the Netherlands and the UK.

Fan Miao, Managing Director of Huawei in the Netherlands, sees the KPN International 40 Gbit/s network as a showcase initiative: ’We have worked together to create a solution of outstanding flexibility. This will allow KPN International to route and balance traffic more effectively than ever before. We should also mention the environmental intelligence of the solution, which radically drives down the cost and impact of power consumption.’

The Paris – London - Amsterdam link is now fully functioning and highly-resilient at 40 Gbit/s, and initial client interest has been high. KPN International intends to extend the next generation service across its key business hubs in its pan-European network by the close of 2008.


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