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January 30, 2008

Neo Telecoms Installs Foundry Networks' NetIron MLX Metro Routers

By Anshu Shrivastava
TMCnet Contributor

Foundry Networks (News - Alert), Inc. has announced that the NetIron MLX Series of MPLS metro routers was selected by Neo Telecoms, a network and Internet Service Providers (ISP) based in France, to power its revamped network infrastructure to meet exponential capacity growth due to customer demand.

Foundry Networks says that its next-generation 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) MPLS metro routers are used to transport high volumes of data and deliver advanced IP-based services to Neo Telecoms’ broad customer base.
Neo Telecoms offers a wide range of carrier class services aimed at enterprise customers. According to Neo Telecoms officials, the company manages a European backbone with a capacity of approximately 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) to effectively interconnect six countries.
Its international 100 Gbps network can deliver IP transit throughout four different countries and offer connectivity solutions between nations over private lines. Also, Neo Telecoms owns and manages a dark fiber network that spans more than 100 kilometers throughout Paris providing connectivity between remote sites for enterprises that require their own internal secure IP communications infrastructure.
Officials pointed out that with 40 percent annual growth and sales exceeding EUR 10 million in 2007, Neo Telecoms found itself in early 2007 facing exponential growth in data capacity demand from its business customers.
Neo Telecoms, according to officials, therefore decided to completely revamp its network core and its metropolitan area network (MAN), to improve the performance, quality and scalability of its European network which connects six countries and 25 data centers.
“To meet growing demands for broadband connections, we continue to place our trust in Foundry Networks,” Didier Soucheyre, CEO at Neo Telecoms, said in a statement. He also indicated that for many years, Foundry Networks has provided his company with scalable network solutions with an excellent balance of performance for price.
He added: “These solutions met our expectations and have enabled us to deploy network connectivity for our customers and provide our network core with a very reliable, high-performance MAN based on advanced technologies.”
“Foundry has consistently focused on delivering innovative, high-performance networking solutions to meet the needs of high-growth infrastructures,” said Ahmed Abdelhalim, director of product management and marketing for high-end and service providers systems business unit at Foundry.
He also said that the latest deal with one of Europe's leading ISPs, Neo Telecoms, demonstrates the viability and benefits of Foundry's MPLS routing solutions and affirms “our advantage as the networking vendor of choice for addressing next generation networks worldwide.”
He explained that built with Foundry’s fifth-generation, network processor-based architecture and terabit-scale switch fabrics, the Foundry NetIron MLX Series routers offer network planners a set of high-performance MPLS and Multi-VRF capabilities as well as advanced Layer 2 switching capabilities.
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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

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