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Press Release -- May 9th, 2012
Source: Viatel Group


VTLWaveNet, part of the Viatel Group, is pleased to announce a partnership with the French highways company, Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR) and the Urban Community of Besançon to deploy a unique fibre digital infrastructure.

Located in an area of France where many of the telecom operators do not have a high-capacity network, the City of Besançon invested first in a local metropolitan network to improve the existing infrastructure and bandwidth.  Decision-makers at the Urban Community of Besançon then agreed to extend this fibre network to Strasbourg and Lyon in order to access affordable, high quality connectivity.

APRR and VTLWaveNet have worked together to build a consortium in which they provide one fibre pair with co-location at sites from Lyon to Besançon to Strasbourg.

In partnership with APRR, VTLWaveNet has been instrumental in assisting the Urban Community of Besançon in its mission to provide digital infrastructure to businesses and public entities in the Besançon area.

“This project aligns with current French state objectives to deploy fibre digital infrastructure in all areas across the entire country,” said Claude LAMBEY of Urban Community of Besançon.  “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with VTLWaveNet and APRR”.

“The VTLWaveNet and APRR partnership was selected over alternative links due to our competitive and flexible offering which met the customer’s requirements now and into the future,” said Kerstin Dinklage SVP Sales & Business Development at VTLWaveNet.

“APRR is proud to have been able to build an international consortium to deliver a top-class network to the Besançon local authorities.  By partnering with VTLWaveNet we have been able to take advantage of two networks and deploy this fibre network solution capable of delivering the next generation services that users increasingly expect,” said René Bérard from APRR.

VTLWaveNet, part of the Viatel Group, focuses on the European wholesale market.  VTLWaveNet combines an advanced fibre optic backbone network with metropolitan reach into the major business centres accessing carrier houses, data centres and the main Internet Exchanges.  This enables the company to offer its customers wavelengths, Ethernet, dark fibre, co-location and leased line services.  Because VTLWaveNet owns the underlying infrastructure and has equipped the network with the latest high capacity optical DWDM technology and multi service platforms, it can offer these services quickly, very cost effectively, at all speeds and with all the routing and (low) latency information required.

Europe’s fourth-largest motorway company, APRR Group, a subsidiary of Eiffage, operates a motorway network of almost 2,300 kilometres. The network currently operated includes the Paris-Lyon corridor (A5, A6 and A39), the Burgundy-Northern Europe corridor (A31 and A36), several Alpine motorways in the Rhône-Alpes region (A40, A41, A42, A43, A48, A49 and A51 North) and motorways in Central France (A77 and A71).  The Group’s motorway network is a major communications axis in Europe, with more than 21 billion kilometres travelled each year. The Group reported consolidated revenues of €2,022 million for 2011, and has 4,000 employees.


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