Belgacom and Siemens join forces for pan-European ROADM network

14 Jun 2006

Belgian fixed line incumbent Belgacom and German technology vendor Siemens have announced plans to build what they claim is the first telecoms network based on ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add & Drop Multiplexer) technology in continental Europe. The new fibre-based network will link 16 telecoms nodes in seven European countries, enabling Belgacom’s International Carrier Services (ICS) division to offer its customers transmission capacity of up to 40Gbps across the continent. Using ROADM will increase the flexibility and overall quality of the network, whilst reducing provisioning time and significantly lowering costs, Siemens said. The link will initially cover Belgium, France, the UK, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland by August, with Italy to be connected at a later date.

Belgium, Proximus