SOURCE: ADVA AG Optical Networking

September 14, 2009 12:18 ET

ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING'S DWDM AND ROADM SOLUTIONS SELECTED FOR MORENET BACKBONE

FSP 3000 platform delivers scalable 10Gbit/s transport for hundreds of Missouri organizations

NORCROSS, GA and COLUMBIA, MO and MUNICH, GERMANY--(Marketwire - September 14, 2009) -

The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) has deployed ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform for its statewide Next Generation Network (NGN) fiber backbone implementation. ADVA Optical Networking's Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) solutions enable MOREnet, which operates as a separate business unit within the University of Missouri, to significantly increase capacity without a corresponding increase in cost. MOREnet provides Internet connectivity, Internet2 access, videoconferencing, dynamic collaborative applications and other bandwidth-intensive services to hundreds of thousands of users across 66 colleges and universities, more than 500 K-12 school districts and more than 100 other member organizations, including public libraries, government agencies, hospitals and non-profits.

In partnership with the University of Missouri, MOREnet's multi-phase NGN implementation encompasses the build out of more than 1,000 route miles of fiber and the deployment of ADVA Optical Networking equipment. MOREnet's new 10Gbit/s network leverages fiber acquired by the University of Missouri and the capability of ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 series equipment.

"The primary reasons we selected ADVA Optical Networking's solution were its cost effectiveness and scalability," said Bill Mitchell, Executive Director of MOREnet and a leader in an Internet2 initiative to extend Internet connectivity to K-12 schools, community colleges, museums and libraries. "These will prove to be increasingly necessary attributes as we continue to push advanced, high-bandwidth network applications, services and digital content out across and beyond Missouri's research and education community."

ADVA Optical Networking's DWDM capability expands the traffic-carrying capacity of the University of Missouri's fiber to 80x10Gbit/s channels across the roughly 1,060-mile network. This affords MOREnet ample capacity to support videoconferencing, remote clinical diagnostics and large scale research projects. The FSP 3000 transports data, voice, video and storage applications along the same fiber-optic strand at their native speed and protocol, enabling MOREnet to introduce new high-bandwidth services to its members without the expense or complexity of physically deploying additional fiber.

MOREnet recently turned up a new 10Gbit/s network for the University of Missouri's intercampus network. With the completion of the most significant NGN milestone, one major phase remains. In the coming months, MOREnet will turn up a 2Gbit/s network for the Missouri Telehealth Network. "Significant effort and planning has gone into this project, and we are pleased with the results thus far," said Hank Niederhelm, Director of Infrastructure for MOREnet.

MOREnet is now able to dynamically and cost-effectively connect its members as needed for high-bandwidth collaborative applications, thanks to ADVA Optical Networking's ROADM capability. The FSP 3000 platform, including two- and multi-degree ROADM solutions, is deployed at nine sites across MOREnet's network, enabling all-optical, remote switching of wavelengths via software control. In this way, the ADVA Optical Networking solution enables MOREnet members to temporarily connect with partners anywhere for short-term distance learning and research without the time and expense of implementing permanent connections.

"MOREnet has deployed a truly state-of-the-art backbone infrastructure that enables the dynamic delivery of high volumes of bandwidth to any location at any time," said Brian Protiva, chief executive officer of ADVA Optical Networking. "Capabilities such as DWDM and ROADM are enabling collaborative applications across the global academic community, and innovation will intensify as the research and education networks reach more and more users. We are excited to be part of MOREnet's growth."

ABOUT ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING

ADVA Optical Networking (FRANKFURT: ADV) is a global provider of telecommunications equipment. With innovative Optical+Ethernet transport solutions, we build the foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks. Our FSP product family adds scalability and intelligence to our customers' networks while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organization, we forge close partnerships with our customers to meet growing demand for data, storage, voice and video services. Thanks to reliable performance for more than 15 years, we have become a trusted partner for more than 200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. For more information, please visit us at www.advaoptical.com.

ABOUT MORENET

The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) is a consortium of schools, public libraries and higher education institutions, sponsored by a collaboration between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Secretary of State's Office and the Department of Higher Education. MOREnet, which operates as a separate business unit within the University of Missouri, was created to deliver secure, reliable and robust Internet connectivity to its member organizations. Established in 1991, MOREnet has evolved from a focus of Internet service delivery to a consortium-driven organization deploying and supporting the technology resources members need to be successful. MOREnet provides such essential services as technical support, videoconferencing support, technical training and network security. From advanced communication tools and online resource databases, to network configuration and assessment, MOREnet is committed to supporting and enabling our members' missions through the use of technology to enhance opportunities for public access, learning and research. For more information, please visit www.more.net.

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ADVA AG Optical Networking, Martinsried/Munich and Meiningen, Germany

ADVA Optical Networking North America, Inc., Norcross, Georgia, USA

ADVA Optical Networking (Shenzhen) Ltd., Shenzhen, China

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