November 20, 2006
Meriton Networks, provider of Agile
Optical Networking, has been selected to supply high-speed optical
networking equipment for SEEREN2, the South-East European Research and
Education Network. SEEREN2 is led by GRNET, the Greek national research
and education network and involves the research and education networks
of nine different countries including Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, Hungary, Romania and
Serbia. SEEREN2 will integrate with the GEANT2 pan-European
multi-gigabit network, and aims to ease the digital divide that still
separates most south-east European countries from the rest of the
In order to provide leading-edge technologies and services to the research community, SEEREN2 selected the Meriton 3300 OSM (Optical Services Multiplexer) to add capacity to its network infrastructure. The 3300 OSM was selected for the multi-phase project because of the following capabilities:
"Given the strong
track record that Meriton Networks has within the research and
education community worldwide, we look to benefit greatly from their
experience," said Yannis Mitsos, project manager of SEEREN2. "They have
shown strong leadership to help in our quest to bridge the digital
divide between south-east Europe and the rest of continental Europe."
"We applaud the efforts of the SEEREN2 organization, and are honored to have been selected for this project," said Bill Gartner, chief operating officer of Meriton Networks. "The SEEREN2 network is a critical ingredient to improving the commercial and scientific opportunities that will coincide with membership in the European Union."
In a separate announcement:
Meriton Networks announced that Internet2 has deployed an important new high-speed network link based on Meriton's advanced wavelength networking systems. To fulfill the continually expanding -- and unpredictable -- bandwidth needs of its more than 300 members in the research and education community and to enable increasingly complex and sophisticated communications services, Internet2 needed to add capacity and additional flexibility to enable the best connectivity to its nationwide infrastructure. The new link to the Internet2 network provides strategic connectivity between Internet2's head office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Level3 Communications Point of Presence in Chicago and the StarLight international exchange point site in Chicago. The installation of this network was a collaborative initiative between Internet2, Meriton, Merit (the research and education network connecting Michigan's public universities) and CANARIE (Canada's advanced Internet development organization).
The link will enable regional and international network connectivity to Internet2's new nationwide backbone infrastructure that is expected to be fully operational on the Level 3 infrastructure in mid-2007. Now Internet2's members can use this connection for current collaborations and projects that are helping to advance the development of new Internet infrastructure and applications. For instance, it will provide critical access between Internet2's headquarters facility and the Hybrid Optical Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) project, a national scale network testbed used by the Internet2 community to investigate next-generation hybrid network architectures. By extending GMPLS capabilities to provide high-speed circuits, the Meriton equipment can provide network researchers participating in the HOPI project the on-demand bandwidth capabilities needed to understand and analyze this new dynamic infrastructure.
Internet2 deployed the Meriton 7200 OSP (Optical Switching Platform) because it meets the organization's technical and business requirements. These requirements included:
"The Internet2 community
requires advanced networking gear that is both economical and flexible,
which the Meriton 7200 OSP provides. Meriton's technical roadmap aligns
well with the Internet2 community's near-future networking needs for
flexible provisioning and enhanced bandwith capabilities," said Steve
Cotter, director of network services for Internet2. "With the excellent
cooperation of all the organizations involved, the deployment of the
network link promises to be a valuable resource for our community as we
continue to lead the discovery of new Internet innovations."
"Internet2 is one of the pre-eminent experts in high-speed networking, and we are thrilled to have been selected and deployed for this mission-critical connection," said Bill Gartner, chief operating officer of Meriton Networks. "We look forward to working with Internet2 to offer our unique capabilities to the rest of its research and education membership, and to enabling the fulfillment of Internet2's goal of accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet."
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