Covage Selects Infinera for Nationwide Network in France

Sunnyvale, California USA — Covage has selected the Infinera DTN optical system for a nationwide network across France to support its wholesale telecom business with the speed and flexibility of Infinera’s digital architecture and help it fulfill its mission of bringing greater competition to the French telecom market.

Covage, which is involved in the acquisition, development and operation of “Open Access Next Generation Networks” in France, provides wholesale bandwidth services to telecom operators, enabling communities to reduce the costs for communication services for enterprises and households, while extending broadband to a larger portion of the population and making new digital services available more widely. Covage is jointly owned by Axia Networks France, a wholly owned subsidiary of Axia NetMedia Corporation, and VINCI Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of VINCI Construction France. It currently 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.

Covage chose Infinera because of the speed, flexibility, and digital intelligence of Infinera’s Digital Optical Networks. Infinera’s use of photonic integration enables Covage to put more optical capacity in a smaller footprint than on competitor systems, helping it economize on operating expense. The separation between the line-side modules and the client-side modules enables Covage to offer many different services from the same system, offering further economies.

“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 & national network traffic with traffic protection, which will be valuable to us in this highly competitive market,” said Norbert Blanchard, Technical Operations Director at Covage.

“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,” he added.

With Infinera’s Bandwidth Virtualization