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Press Release -- October 2nd, 2012
Source: Adva Optical Networking

ADVA Optical Networking Powers PIONIER’s 6,500 Km GMPLS-Controlled Long-Haul Network

Largest Multi-Degree ROADM Installation in Poland Delivers Unprecedented Flexibility and Reliability

Gdynia, Poland. October 2, 2012. ADVA Optical Networking announced today that PIONIER, one of Europe’s largest research and education networks, has chosen the ADVA FSP 3000 with its embedded multi-layer GMPLS-based control plane RAYcontrol(TM) to bring ROADM technology to its network. This fully-integrated solution provides ultimate control and flexibility to allocate bandwidth-on-demand resulting in true network automation, dynamic routing and restoration capabilities. With over 6,500 km of dark fiber, the PIONIER optical fiber network, part of the nationwide Polish Optical Internet initiative, connects five supercomputing centers in Poland, including Poznan, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Krakow, and 21 academic Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs). This network provides high-speed connectivity to nearly 1,000 science institutions, universities, public institutions, colleges, libraries, public authorities, museums and hospitals around the country.

Owned and managed by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), this highly-scalable network has been designed to transport data at line speeds of 100Gbit/s and beyond. A multitude of applications are enabled such as joint research in radio astronomy, cloud computing, distributed storage, common experiments in space correlation between five European locations and telemedicine. Directionless and colorless ROADM technology allows researchers to quickly and easily set up new services with point-and-click provisioning using the FSP Service Manager. Installation and maintenance work is being carried out by the Polish systems integrator, ALMA.

“We have worked with ADVA Optical Networking for many years now so they understand the unique needs of a long-haul research and education network,” said Maciej Stroinski, technical director of PSNC. “We needed a cost-effective way to deliver more bandwidth to the researchers and scientists. Having a small team and limited resources, it was imperative that we have a high level of automation without operational complexity. Using the FSP Service Manager, we are now able to set-up high speed services on demand, offering network users throughout Poland access to the content and applications they need, at any time and from anywhere on all-optical links of distances up to 3,000 kilometers.”

“PSNC has designed a unique network that aids scientists, students and researchers, providing them a communication infrastructure they can depend on,” said Stephan Rettenberger, vice president marketing, ADVA Optical Networking. “This dynamic network propels their scientific work and international collaboration, ensuring they will never be held back by technology. Distance learning applications, virtual laboratories, online study groups using multimedia streams and remote virtualization tools are now accessible throughout Poland. PSNC sets a great example in building forward-looking solutions that address tomorrow’s challenges. Through colorless and directionless ROADMs and a GMPLS-enabled control plane, PSNC has the flexibility to instantly set up optical links between any nodes. This automated technology combines massive scalability with great ease-of-use, ensuring the network has what it needs to continue being one of Europe’s largest and most innovative research networks.”

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About ADVA Optical Networking

ADVA Optical Networking is a global provider of intelligent telecommunications infrastructure solutions. With software-automated Optical+Ethernet transmission technology, the Company builds the foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks. The Company’s FSP product family adds scalability and intelligence to customers’ networks while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organization, ADVA Optical Networking forges close partnerships with its customers to meet the growing demand for data, storage, voice and video services. Thanks to reliable performance for more than 15 years, the Company has become a trusted partner for more than 250 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. For more information, please visit us at

About Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center/PIONIER

The Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) is responsible for managing Poland’s National Research and Educational Network (NREN) named PIONIER, the Polish Optical Internet. The NREN is based on DWDM and 10-Gigabit Ethernet technologies and connects key university cities in Poland. PIONIER is an advanced, 10-Gigabit Ethernet optical fiber network operated by PSNC. As the administrative body in charge of Poland’s NREN, PSNC is responsible for the deployment of new network technology and the ongoing expansion of the network. PSNC owns and operates the POZMAN metropolitan network, which has 200 kilometers of optical fiber cable and uses 10-Gigabit Ethernet technology. In addition, PSNC is responsible for hosting high-performance computer systems, including SGI, IBM and CRAY computers, SUN and COMPAQ application servers, SUN, ACL and HP storage systems. PSNC’s main areas of research are system and network security, distributed computation, grids, portals and next-generation networks. For more information, please visit

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