April 28th Ekinops of Lannion, France, a supplier of optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise customers, whose flagship Ekinops 360 multi-reach transport system:

a. Is a NEBS Level 3 compliant, rack-mountable, fully managed platform, handling rates from 100 Mbit/s to 40 Gbit/s and scaling to 100 Gbit/s to address metro, regional and long haul applications.

b. Is based on the patented T-Chip, a programmable device that provides all the capabilities of transport systems on a single chip, being programmable for any kind of functionality, containing embedded intelligence for handling all existing protocols, and claimed to enable an up to 40% reduction in power consumption compared with existing equipment.

c. Includes 80 tunable lasers, based on 50 MHz channel spacing, Raman amplification, support for Gigabit rings and ring / mesh ROADM capability.

d. Incorporates dynamic FEC, a software technique that eliminates errors and pushes longer distances, and dynamic multiplexing for any mix of service types over a single wavelength.

Announced that Altitude Telecom, a French alternative operator providing high-speed Internet, data, voice and WiMAX services, has selected the Ekinops 360 platform as part of the deployment of a high-capacity, regional optical network between Paris and northwestern France involving construction of a converged TDM and Ethernet 10 Gbit/s DWDM optical backbone.

This project included a requirement for high bandwidth in a number of point-to-point links, most of which exceeded 150 km (about 95 miles).

Since the Ekinops 360 enables optical links of several hundred kms without in-line amplification, it was considered an ideal solution for this architecture, allowing for lower ongoing cost due to the elimination of the inline amplification sites.

The deployment was implemented in several phases, starting in 2007 when according to Ekinops it was able to implement the first phase in less than a month.

In 2008, Altitude Telecom invested Euro 10 million in a data centre to move into the hosting business and had been looking to extend the capacity of its network as a result of successes in this sector.