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Nortel Solutions Power Advanced Research Network, SURFnet6


Self-Configurable Intelligent Optical Network To Drive Global Innovation and Collaboration

JANUARY 25, 2006, AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - SURFnet, a global leader in advanced network research, launched SURFnet6 the worldís first self-configurable intelligent optical network based on optical solutions from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT].

SURFnet6, a high-grade computer network specially reserved for higher education and research in the Netherlands, will revolutionize the way researchers access the vast amounts of bandwidth their research requires, configuring their connectivity based on their real-time requirements. The new SURFnet6 network provides a state-of-the-art platform for researchers working on broadband intensive applications such as high-energy physics and medical research.

ďWe are convinced that this powerful and agile optical network will offer Dutch research and education an excellent international starting position. The new network is fully equipped to handle the anticipated growth in Internet traffic over the next years and its lightpath services offer unprecedented opportunities for researchers.Ē said Kees Neggers, managing director, SURFnet. ďThe next phase of network development will introduce additional agility and automation at the optical layer with the latest photonics and control plane technologies from Nortel.Ē

ďSURFnet6 is a showcase for the cutting-edge use of adaptive optical intelligent networks. Its innovative and advanced use of next-generation optical networking is creating todayís reference model for access and collaboration between researchers and institutions,Ē said Peter Newcombe, EMEA vice-president of Wireline and Optical, Nortel. ďNortel has been a pioneer in optical communications since its early beginnings 40 years ago and we continue to be an innovator in this dynamic industry which is now the backbone of todayís global communications network.Ē

The network is a high-speed hybrid optical and packet switching infrastructure with native IPv4, IPv6 and Light Path Provisioning over a single transmission infrastructure for easy configuration of broadband access. It is also managed via a control plane for efficient network administration, helping reduce operating costs and enhanced traffic restoration.

The hybrid nature of the SURFnet6 network is designed to enable it to tune precisely to the bandwidth demand of users. SURFnet6 can set up optical light paths for point-to-point connections that give large data streams their dedicated path outside of the IP routed network. This feature improves the capacity, quality and security of the connection, whilst making use of the most cost effective transport technology.

The transmission infrastructure was built using products from Nortelís next generation optical and Metro Ethernet portfolio, including: Common Photonic Layer (CPL), Optical Multiservice Edge 1000 and 6500 product families, the Optical Metro 5000 and the Metro Ethernet Routing Switch (MERS) 8600. These platforms are the result of Nortelís 40-year continuous optical innovation and experience.

To enable a complete network agility supporting automated user configurable light paths, the SURFnet6 network will be equipped in the near future with additional advanced Nortel next-generation optical technologies such as:

ď Enhanced Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (eROADM) providing seamless photonic switching of light paths and Ēon the fly" creation of new optical branches
" Electronically Dynamically Compensating Optics (eDCO) extending the reach of light paths throughout the SURFnet network while dramatically simplifying the network and reducing its operational costs
" Dynamic Resource Allocation Controller (DRAC) allowing for a dynamic, efficient and cost optimized use of network resources

SURFnet6 was implemented by a consortium of industry partners including Avici Systems, who provided their SSR routers and Telindus, a pan-European network integration specialist.

About SURFnet

SURFnet operates and innovates the national research network, which connects circa 180 institutions in higher education and research in The Netherlands. The organization is among the leading research network operators in the world. To serve the SURFnet users with their growing demand for high-quality network connections, SURFnet continuously translates the latest technology into new and better communication services. More information can be found at: **

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the worldís most critical information. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the worldís greatest challenges. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

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