euNetworks completes field trial with Menara Networks’ OTN system in an XFP

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany & DALLAS, TX — euNetworks, Europe’s foremost provider of mission-critical, high performance data services, Xantaro, leading system integrator, and Menara Networks, an optical Ethernet transport system specialist, successfully completed an in-service 10 Gbps IP over DWDM upgrade over existing DWDM infrastructure.

On February, 2009, euNetworks, Xantaro, and Menara Networks completed a successful field trial demonstrating in-service upgrade of an existing DWDM infrastructure. The upgrade involved adding a 10 Gbps DWDM/OTN link between two Juniper Networks MX 240 Ethernet Service Routers installed at Amsterdam and Rotterdam over existing DWDM infrastructure, without the use of traditional DWDM transponders. The upgrade used Menara Networks award winning OTN “System-in-a-module” DWDM XFP transceiver that transparently mapped the native 10 GE LAN PHY signal into an ITU-T G.709 compliant OTN frame and performed all necessary forward error correction and OAM processing, thus avoiding the deployment of costly DWDM transponders. No modifications to either the MX 240 Ethernet Service Routers or the existing optical physical network were required for the upgrade or traffic tests over the link. Menara Networks OTN XFP modules effectively corrected errors generated by induced degradation on the link, allowing euNetworks to provide an error free service across the network while the same network degradation caused traffic failure on an existing link not provisioned with forward error correction capability.

“The FEC and OTN monitoring capabilities of Menara’s OTN XFP allows us to maintain full visibility and error-free operations at an OSNR regime that would have otherwise required the deployment of sophisticated external transponders,” remarked Stephan Harren, euNetworks’ Solutions Director. “Having OTN and DWDM capability in a pluggable format gives us tremendous flexibility and will simplify our planning and deployment guidelines in dealing with the explosive traffic growth.” “We were particularly pleased with the fact that the upgrade took less than one hour of engineering effort per node to complete and required no change to the existing DWDM infrastructure or Juniper IP routers,” said Matthias Kayser, Technical Lead, Optical Transmission at Xantaro Deutschland GmbH, who acted as the overall system integrator for this field trial. “Reducing the number of network “touch” points and not having to provision transponders is very important,” he added.

“We are pleased to have collaborated with euNetworks, a leader on high performance, mission-critical data services and Xantaro,” said Siraj ElAhmadi, Founder and CEO of Menara Networks. “Adding capacity rapidly on existing routes without any modifications to the optical infrastructure is crucial to service providers’ time-to-market competitiveness. Being able to do so without the deployment of costly DWDM transponder systems eliminates substantial capital and operational cost from the network and provides for true disruptive economics and value creation.”

A jointly authored paper describing the technical details of the field trial will be presented at the OFC/NFOEC 2009 conference taking place in San Diego, CA on Thursday March 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm.

About euNetworks

euNetworks is Europe’s foremost provider of mission-critical, high performance data services, exclusively serving large Corporate, Carriers and Service Providers. All our services are delivered over our wholly owned, billion Euro, pan-European all-fiber optic network. Our infrastructure uniquely combines ‘long-haul’ inter-city network linking Europe’s largest economies, with high density ‘last-mile’ metropolitan fiber networks in 15 of Europe’s leading cities. euNetworks’ product set ranges from On-Demand Networking and Solutions to Bespoke Networking. We have pre-provisioned multiple terabits of capacity throughout our network, meaning we can deliver solutions such as datacenter, internet exchange or stock exchange connectivity in hours, not months.

euNetworks, a member of the Global Voice Group, is headquartered in Frankfurt, publicly listed on the Singapore stock exchange (SGX:H23.SI). euNetworks is a member of euro-one, a unique collaboration of fiber optic network providers to deliver infrastructure and next generation networking solutions connecting Eastern, Central, Western Europe and North America.For more information on euNetworks visit www.euro-one.com

About Menara Networks

Menara Networks develops innovative products and solutions that greatly simplify today's layered optical transport networks. Leveraging the company's proprietary high speed ICs and its extensive expertise in optical networking and system design, Menara products provide optical networks with superior performance and improved service velocity while reducing network elements and overall network cost. Menara's MSA-compliant transceivers with integrated ITU-T G.709 OTN enable OEM customers to seamlessly and rapidly unlock the potential of their platforms by offering unique opportunities for expanded addressable markets and faster revenues. The Company is funded by Sigma Partners, Spark Capital, Concept Ventures, and Applied Materials venture capital arm. Menara is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.menaranet.com

About Xantaro Deutschland GmbH

Xantaro Deutschland GmbH is an internationally focused Service Integrator for carriers, service providers and major enterprises and serves customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The company was founded in August 2007 as a subsidiary of Xantaro Holding GmbH with a clear goal: to provide customers with professional services which allow the development and integration of powerful and profitable value-added services and which ensure the secure operation of these services. For more information, visit www.xantaro.net/en/xantaro.html