AGC Glass Europe: vital link in European network

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At AGC Glass Europe the central network infrastructure is becoming increasingly important. As part of its modernisation process, the company went looking for new network partners in all of the European countries where it has a facility. The head office and two main datacenters of AGC Glass are located in Belgium. For this reason, the company placed additionally high requirements on its new Belgian partner. Eurofiber proved to be the ideal match.

Supporting 200 European locations

AGC Glass Europe’s headquarters are located in Louvain-la-Neuve, in a new, ultra low energy building made of high performance glass and concrete. A 500 people work here, including 100 in the IT department, which is responsible for providing IT support to more than 200 locations across the European network.

Upgrade required

In order to centralise the countless applications and communication resources of the various AGC sites, the network is essential for the group to operate properly. But because the existing network had
reached its limits, and driven by the need to modernise, AGC Europe issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a new network infrastructure. The network was allocated a more central role within the system because it would be used more intensively and the volumes of data would doubtless evolve. Performance and network coverage were the decisive criteria for the implementation of this project.

The perfect match in coverage and method of working

After comparing price proposals from various local providers, AGC Europe in Belgium opted for the services of Eurofiber, signing a five-year contract. Vanderperren: “ The Eurofiber network corresponds with the location of our 20 sites in Belgium, close to the rail network. This gave us straightforward access to their fiber optic network, without too much additional connection work.”

Data and voice traffic

Today, all of the AGC sites in Belgium have Ethernet VPN via fiber optic with a minimum bandwidth of 10 Mb/s. The larger sites, such as Mol, Fleurus and Moustier, have a 20 Mb/s or even 50 Mb/s connection so that they can handle larger volumes of data.

Absorbing peaks in traffic

The biggest advantage of the Eurofiber network is the shorter connections. In the main, the optical fiber network follows the path of railway lines. Having this extensive network enables Eurofiber to offer customised solutions and guarantee optimum availability of the circuit.

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