CELESTE Selects Tellabs for Nationwide Fiber Optic Network

1Gb/s Internet connection for enterprises in France

HIGH WYCOMBE, United Kingdom - French Broadband Internet Service Provider CELESTE is responding to very high bandwidth demand from business customers. To achieve this, the company is rapidly expanding its high performance and high bandwidth fiber optic network to all major cities in France. CELESTE has selected Tellabs to exclusively provide the nationwide optical transport network.

The operator is deploying the Tellabs® 7100 Nano(TM) Optical Transport System (OTS) to offer new and existing customers a wider range of services with more bandwidth, more reliability and more cost-effective services.

A new nationwide network for enterprise customers

CELESTE is building a nationwide fiber optic network which will stretch over 4,000 kilometers around France. The network will extend its high-bandwidth services to new French regional markets and reach more enterprises. The easily deployed Tellabs 7100 Nano enables CELESTE to build the fiber optic network quickly and cost-effectively, aiming to complete deployment within 18 months.

Currently, CELESTE uses a traditional telecom network, serving around 2,000 customers. Once complete, CELESTE's nationwide high-capacity network will reach from Paris to all major cities across France, including Lille, Nantes, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon and Strasbourg.

"CELESTE's emergence as a nationwide competitor is a major revolution for the French broadband market," said Nicolas Aube, President of CELESTE. "With this deployment, medium size enterprises across France can access competitively priced, high-bandwidth services quickly and easily. Tellabs' extensive knowledge and experience of international enterprise markets is an invaluable part of our success in this ambitious venture."

Fast network deployment enables CELESTE to act quickly

The fully scalable and flexible Tellabs 7100 Nano OTS enables CELESTE to rapidly introduce new services to enterprises across the country. The network will initially consist of ROADM-based, multi-channel nodes, and Optical Line Amplifier nodes. The cost-effective Tellabs packet-optical solution is designed to scale with CELESTE as its service and bandwidth needs grow over time.

"CELESTE needed a partner that could rapidly deliver high quality infrastructure and support its aggressive deployment targets," said Tarcisio Ribeiro, vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Tellabs. "Tellabs delivered a fast deployment, and offered a cost-effective solution that can scale with CELESTE and its customers as the volume of traffic on the network increases."

According to data from Tellabs customers, a Tellabs 7100 Nano OTS solution can reduce capital expenses by up to 65 percent and operating expenses by as much as 85 percent.


CELESTE is a broadband Internet Service provider for businesses everywhere in France.

With a green high-density datacenter, CELESTE offers 5-play services: Internet, VPN, fixed and mobile telephony and rack housing. Thanks to highly innovative products, the CELESTE high-bandwidth solutions are unique on the market, such as the 1 Gigabit Internet connection. www.celeste.fr - 01 70 17 60 20

About Tellabs

Tellabs innovations advance the mobile Internet and help our customers succeed. That's why 43 of the top 50 global communications service providers choose our mobile, optical, business and services solutions. We help them get ahead by adding revenue, reducing expenses and optimizing networks.

Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) is part of the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Ocean Tomo 300(TM) Patent Index, the S&P 500 and several corporate responsibility indexes including the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index, FTSE4Good and eight FTSE KLD indexes. www.tellabs.com

CONTACT: Media, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Sonny Waheed, +44.871.574.7035, sonny.waheed@tellabs.com, or North and Latin America, Ariana Nikitas, +1-630-798-2532, ariana.nikitas@tellabs.com, or Asia Pacific, Yvonne Cheong, +65.6215.6334, yvonne.cheong@tellabs.com, all of Tellabs; or Frederique Dofing of CELESTE, etoile@celeste.fr

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