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Coriant Partners with Hub One to Upgrade Paris Airport Networks

February 04, 2015

Consumers and enterprises that work and play within the three major Paris airports – Charles de Gaulle, Le Bourget, and Orly – will soon receive an upgrade to their mobile connection services as part of an agreement between Coriant, a provider of software-defined networking products, and Hub One, a group of technology companies in France that provide telecommunications services.

In a project that will connect the three aforementioned airports with a wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) network, Hub One will begin using the Coriant 7100 Nano Packet Optical Transport Platform to create a transport infrastructure for wired and wireless network services throughout each station. The announcement from Coriant suggests that its product can future-proof the airports by allowing them to scale with customer demand for more data.

Patrice Bélie, the CEO of Hub One, provided a statement on the matter – noting that the three Paris airports are among the busiest in Europe.

“Global travelers and the local businesses providing services to the airports utilize a growing array of powerful mobile devices,” Bélie said. “As data consumption of travelers continues to increase and connectivity becomes increasingly important, the Coriant solution will provides (sic) us with proven technology to guarantee a continuous service to our end-user customers.”

The Coriant website explains that the 7100 Nano is small, low-power unit that can handle up to 88 channels and support interfaces that range from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps. It is made to handle a number of services from within a single unit, and as a result, it should save the airports capital and operational expenses by adding those services immediately after the only hours-long setup. Furthermore, it supports the addition of extra nodes, so it will be able to scale with the airports as they grow, as the enterprise operations in them become more robust, and as their travelers grow in number.

Richard Fellner, the vice president of European Sales for Coriant, commented that he is happy to be working with Hub One. He said he feels that the combine prowess of the two companies will address the airports' and travelers' needs from here forward.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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