University research network to become 10 times faster

Ericsson Denmark has entered into a new agreement with the Technical University of Denmark on behalf of DeIC to deliver optical transmission equipment for its research network. DeIC runs the high-speed research network connecting around 100 Danish universities and research institutions with each other and the rest of the world. The contract commences a 10-year collaboration with DeIC and will enable data traffic with speeds up to 100 Gbit/s.
Technical University of Denmark on behalf of DeIC to deliver optical transmission equipment for its research network
University Director of DTU, Claus Nielsen (left) and Head of Ericsson Denmark, Jørgen Alsing (right), signed the contract Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has signed a 10-year contract with the Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation (DeIC) to provide optical transmission equipment for its research network. The new equipment will replace optical transmission equipment from Alcatel which has been in operation since 2008, and used by an affiliate research network of around 100 institutions in research and teaching.

The new transmission equipment will be able to send data at speeds up to 100 Gbit/s, in comparison to the current speeds of 10 Gbit/s. Furthermore, the current solution only supports 40 channels, with the new solution to host 88 channels.

Jørgen Alsing, Head of Ericsson Denmark, says: “I'm most pleased about the enhanced connectivity that this solution will deliver for the research network’s many users. Once implemented, teachers, students and researchers will benefit from a modern high-speed network with significantly increased capacity, speed and reliability".

Martin Bech, Deputy Director, DeIC, says: “The combination of transmission equipment that meets the research network's needs, coupled with an experienced vendor like Ericsson that has a local service organization, is an optimal solution for us and we look forward to many years of cooperation".

The 10-year agreement involves the delivery of a dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) device to be used for the high-speed network. Ericsson's task will be to integrate the equipment and maintain responsibility for ongoing bug fixes and maintenance. It is expected that work begins later this year and that the new system will be in operation during 2017.

Notes to editors

Facts about DeIC

DeIC (Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation) was formed in 2012 with the purpose of supporting Denmark as e-Science nation through the delivery of e-Infrastructures (computing, data storage and network) for research and research-based teaching. DeIC is a virtual organization, which means that all employees are employed in other organizations, mainly the Technical University of Denmark, and to some degree at Aarhus University, Aalborg University, University of Southern Denmark, Roskilde University and the University of Copenhagen.

Facts about the research network

DeIC runs the research network which is a high-speed network that connects the Danish universities and research institutions with each other and the world. The network has existed since 1987 and has about 100 institutions connected. In 2008, the net was upgraded and got its own optical fibers and own transmission equipment. It is this optical transmission equipment that will be changed with the new agreement.

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