Nov 17, 2008 : Infinera Backs Covage's France Network

Nov 17, 2008 - To support its wholesale bandwidth services, Covage ( has selected the optical networking system provider Infinera's ( digital optical networking system (or DTN) for a nationwide French network, bringing greater competition to the third largest telecom market in Europe.

According to Covage's Monday announcement, Infinera's DTN will lend its speed and flexibility to Covage's wholesale bandwidth services to telecom operators, helping offer households to enterprises lower communication services costs, and extending broadband to a larger portion of the population, making new digital services more widely available.

"Infinera's advanced technology, the intelligence in the platform, and the flexibility of the services allowed us to create a simple, straightforward, and very cost-effective offering for regional and national network traffic with traffic protection, which will be valuable to us in this highly competitive market," Covage technical operations director Norbert Blanchard said in a statement.

Covage is a French subsidiary of Axia NetMedia Corporation (, and conglomerate VINCI Construction France ( Covage has interests in 12 regional networks and is building a national optical backbone to interconnect its regional networks and offer cost-effective carrier services to its customers nationwide.

Despite telecom liberalisation, France Telecom still dominates the French market; however, competition is increasing driven by such providers as SFR/neuf Cegetel and Iliad. This competition has spurred France Telecom to respond with a range of innovative offers and investment in a national fiber network, largely in response to the activities of smaller but active players in the fiber market.

Infinera's photonic integration technology lets Covage increase its optical capacity in a smaller footprint than on competitor systems, helping lower its operating costs.

"Using Infinera on our backbone network helps us build local projects with scalable bandwidth capacity by providing us with a cost-effective backbone network, which is essential because local officials are very concerned to keep subscription costs low for the end-users of the network," Blanchard said.

Also, using Infinera's Bandwidth Virtualization, Infinera systems deploy a minimum of 100 gigabits per second on every line card, with capacity able to be quickly and flexibly deployed and reconfigured to deliver a wide variety of services. Covage said it plans to deliver services between most points on its network by simply fitting Infinera Tributary Adapter Modules at the endpoints of any circuit or service, letting it to deliver services in a matter of days, compared to competitors that typically require around twelve weeks.

In March, wholesale telecommunications provider RETN ( selected Infinera's DTN to modernize and upgrade RETN's national backbone network, and construct its new Pan-European transmission ring.

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