Deutsche Telekom links CERN sites in Geneva and Budapest with high-speed, 100-gigabit data connection

  Deutsche Telekom links CERN sites in Geneva and Budapest with high-speed,
  100-gigabit data connection

Business Wire

BONN, Germany -- November 21, 2012

Super-fast transmission for super-fast particles: Deutsche Telekom
International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), part of Deutsche Telekom’s
International Businesses unit, working in conjunction with the local legal
entity T-Systems Switzerland, has been appointed to provide a high-speed data
connection between the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) data
centre in Geneva and a newly established, remote data centre operated by
Wigner Research Centre for Physics in the Hungarian capital Budapest. The
Ethernet connection supports transmission speeds up to 100 gigabits per

In Geneva, CERN operates the world’s biggest particle accelerator, the Large
Hadron Collider (LHC). This facility allows scientists to explore the
structure of matter and the fundamental interactions between elementary
particles. The experiments generate huge volumes of data. To process them,
CERN and partner institutes have developed a distributed computing system, the
so-called Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG). More than 10,000 researchers
around the world use CERN’s computing infrastructure for their experiments.

With the Wigner Data Centre, CERN aims to create additional IT capacity for
research activities. Computer systems will be able to transmit enormous
volumes of data via the high-speed Deutsche Telekom ICSS connection between
the Geneva and Budapest sites. In addition to huge data rates, CERN requires
high data transmission reliability and connection availability. The research
organization sought a telecommunications service provider able to meet these
extremely demanding gigabit Ethernet requirements.

T-Systems Switzerland worked in close cooperation with ICSS to meet CERN’s
needs. “We believe our deep technical expertise and network quality were key,”
said Holger Magnussen, Senior Vice President, International Carrier Sales &
Solutions, at Deutsche Telekom. “We were able to make a tailored offer within
a relatively short time through the close collaboration of experts from
T-Systems Switzerland and the International Carrier Sales & Solutions and
Global Network units.”

“The state-of-the-art Deutsche Telekom 100 gigabits per second circuit between
CERN and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Budapest will not only
expand our physics processing capabilities, but will also allow us to refine
our Business Continuity strategy. This new contract strengthens our existing
relationship, since Deutsche Telekom has been a long-standing member of the
CERN Internet Exchange Point (CIXP) and one of the regular providers of CERN's
connectivity to the commodity Internet,” said David Foster, Deputy Head of the
CERN IT Department.

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications
companies with almost 130 million mobile customers, 33 million fixed-network
lines and over 17 million broadband lines (as of June 30, 2012). The Group
provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications,
the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers
and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries
and has over 233,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR
58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany
(as of December 31, 2011).

About Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS)

International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), an integral part of Deutsche
Telekom’s International Businesses unit within the Europe organization, is the
global communications enabler of the Deutsche Telekom Group and more than 700
external customers worldwide. As one of the largest carriers in the world,
ICSS provides global voice communication, Internet connectivity to millions of
eyeballs, and global roaming and messaging on next generation platforms, as
well as smart content distribution, media exchange, and virtual carrier
solutions. The international customers of ICSS experience seamless service
provisioning, including global reach, and the highest quality. The variety of
solutions provided by ICSS is based on an expanding ultramodern
infrastructure: Deutsche Telekom’s international network.

For further information, see


Deutsche Telekom AG
International Carrier Sales & Solutions
Lisa Elisabeth Krenz
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 936 19588
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