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ADVA Optical Networking Underpins Launch of New Openreach Service for UK Enterprise Networks

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ADVA Optical Networking and Openreach, the infrastructure division of BT Group, today officially launched a new Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) service. Forming part of Openreach's Optical Spectrum Service (OSS) portfolio, OSA provides the U.K.'s enterprise community with new levels of network connectivity capable of responding to today's increasingly demanding business needs. Built on the FSP 3000, enterprises will now be able to transport enormous amounts of data throughout the U.K. with much improved latency and unparalleled encryption and security.

"The response to the FSP 3000 introduction has been exceptional," said Jon Hurry, MD, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, Openreach. "Since the pre-launch of this service we've collaborated with a range of communications providers, whose customers are expecting dramatically more from their networks. Scalability and protecting their investment is at the heart of our customers' strategy; they need to transport increasing amounts of data across greater distances more securely and faster than ever before. OSA meets those criteria. Today's launch marks a milestone for U.K. businesses seeking to position their networks as a competitive advantage."

The OSA service provides dedicated single or resilient point-to-point optical fibre links throughout the U.K. With a route distance of up to 103km, the service accommodates a range of interfaces and uses the same low-latency technology deployed extensively in many of the world's leading financial trading networks. Configured to specific networking demands and accommodating a full range of protocols and service interfaces, OSA has been built with the sole purpose of moving large amounts of data faster, farther and more securely.

"This is an incredible time to be involved in U.K. networks," commented Alistair Swales, senior vice president, U.K. sales, ADVA Optical Networking. "In less than one month we've seen over 200 design requests from customers interested in the new OSA service. This is simply unparalleled. Our R&D teams are working closely with Openreach to ensure this new service fulfils its promise and takes U.K. enterprise networking to previously unattainable heights. For today's businesses and their mission-critical data, OSA is an imperative."

The FSP 3000 is a scalable Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) system. It is specifically designed for communications providers and large enterprises that require a flexible, cost-effective system that will multiplex, transport and protect high-speed data, storage, voice and video applications. The FSP 3000's modular architecture, rack-mountable shelves, hot-swappable modules, universal cards, transparent interfaces and qualifications with all leading Storage Area Network (SAN) vendors enables Openreach to meet its customers' varied requirements and to easily provision services of any standard protocol.

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About ADVA Optical Networking

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) 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 Openreach

Openreach is responsible for the last mile of the UK access network - the copper wires and fibre connecting homes and businesses to their local telephone exchanges. Openreach provides communications providers with services and products associated with that network.

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale. In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group's revenue was £20,076 million with profit before taxation of £1,717 million. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit

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