VTS Selects IP Infusion for First Commercial Deployment of TIP's Cassini Solution in Africa

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--IP Infusion, a leading provider of network disaggregation solutions for telecom and data communications operators, today announced that Virtual Technologies and Solutions (VTS), an Internet service provider in the West African country of Burkina Faso, is using IP Infusion’s OcNOS® networking operating system for their deployment of the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) Cassini Solution. This is the first commercial deployment of the Cassini solution in Africa.

The production units of the Cassini solution were used to interconnect Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, with Dakola through 200km of 200Gbps fiber allowing them to extend their capacity from West Africa Cable System (WACS), ACE and MainOne. The system uses Cassini, TIP’s disaggregated coherent switch and open packet transponder built by Edgecore Networks, and the networking stack of OcNOS, the industry’s full-featured network OS for white box disaggregated network solutions that provides transition from traditional networks to open networks.


“VTS is leveraging TIP’s Cassini solution to dramatically increase bandwidth while reducing TCO. IP Infusion’s fully validated solution is key to our efforts to link these two major cities. The optical transport solution featuring IP Infusion’s OcNOS and the Edgecore Cassini transponder platform with optical modules from Lumentum helped VTS to easily add high capacity fiber links which improved our operational experience,” said Abdou Dia, CEO of Virtual Technologies and Solutions. “This 200Gbps link is the first of its kind in Burkina Faso and will deliver faster, more reliable connectivity for all of our customers.”

“OcNOS centralized management and provisioning layer provides enough flexibility which helped VTS to adopt network automation which makes service provisioning and configuration change faster and easier than before,” said Issam Fayad, CTO of Virtual Technologies and Solutions.

“IP Infusion welcomes VTS to the growing number of service providers who are adopting IP Infusion’s network operating system to implement their disaggregated network,” said Atsushi Ogata, CEO and President of IP Infusion. “The Cassini solution with OcNOS will help expand the reach of connectivity and the adoption of digital technologies in Burkina Faso.”

“We are pleased VTS has decided to use TIP’s Cassini solution with the OcNOS network operating system from IP Infusion to help expand the reach of connectivity and the adoption of digital technologies in Burkina Faso,” said David Hutton, Chief Engineer of the Telecom Infra Project.

“With Cassini – the world’s first open optical packet transponder, Edgecore Networks continues to provide open networking solutions for a wide range of use cases for optical, data center, service provider and enterprise network operators. We are pleased that VTS selected Edgecore’s Cassini platform to extend their network capacity,” said George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks.

Cassini was developed by TIP’s Open Optical & Packet Transport (OOPT) Project Group and is the industry’s highest capacity and first modular open packet transponder, offering a flexible mix of 100 Gigabit Ethernet packet switching ports and 100/200 Gbps coherent optical interfaces for data center interconnect and service provider backhaul use cases.

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