Kabel NRW does deal for $278m network upgrade

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Germany’s largest cable operator, Kabel NRW, has selected a consortium led by Nortel Networks to build what is expected to be one of the world’s largest, two-way, cable voice over IP (VoIP) networks.

Nortel will supply network infrastructure equipment, estimated to be worth approximately $278 million over four years, to upgrade Kabel NRW’s cable TV infrastructure to a single, cost-effective, next generation network for voice, video and data.

Scheduled for completion by 2003, this upgraded network will allow Kabel NRW to offer a high-performance Internet – including reliable, high-speed Internet access, video on-demand and IP telephony services – to as many as 4.2 million homes.

“The introduction of an integrated national communications network is a major breakthrough in terms of the quality of telephony, Internet and interactive services we can offer our customers,” said David Colley, a partner at Kabel NRW and its parent company, Callahan Associates.

“Nortel Networks is the best of class vendor able to provide an end-to-end IP network, making them the natural choice to lead a consortium of companies to upgrade our existing installation and deliver a high-performance, next generation network.”

“Kabel NRW has embraced the vision of an IP future,” said Pascal Debon, president, Nortel Networks Europe, Middle East, Africa. “They want fast, reliable, two-way cable solutions that will provide outstanding quality of service. Nortel Networks will transform Germany’s largest cable network to a packet-based network with endless multimedia possibilities for the future. Kabel NRW’s decision not only reinforces the validity of Nortel Networks global IP vision, but it also recognizes the functionality of our Succession portfolio solution.”

The upgraded network will be based on Succession solutions, including Succession Communication Server 2000 and Passport 15000. The metropolitan ring structure will be built on OPTera Metro, an optical solution which enables rapid deployment of end-to-end managed optical networks. It provides service differentiation and responsiveness to customer demands through flexible, scalable optical transport networks.

Succession is a next generation, multiservice network solution for established carriers and emerging service providers that enables delivery of mission-critical voice, data and multimedia services over a single, converged, packet-based network.

Kabel NRW joins a number of providers around the world who have selected or are testing Nortel Networks Succession solutions, including Cable & Wireless (United Kingdom), Telstra (Australia), BT Spain, and Global Village Telecom (Brazil).

Nortel Networks Technology Center of Excellence in Friedrichshafen, Germany, will focus on the adaptation, integration, research and development needed to bring the consortium’s various solutions together. Consortium members include ADC, ALSTOM Anlagen-und Automatisierungstechnik GmbH, Scientific Atlanta Europe, TESSAG SAG-Abel and Kommunikationstechnik GmbH & Co. KG. In addition, Adams Consult KG and Wilhelm Sihn jr. KG are subcontractors to consortium members.

ADC will be providing the Cuda 12000 IP Access Switch, a next generation DOCSIS (Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specifications) and EuroDOCSIS-compliant cable modem termination system (CMTS). Scientific Atlanta Europe will supply its PrismaDT product, HFC Optics and Professional Services, and WISI BK technology for the network upgrade.

Nortel Networks is a global Internet and communications leader with capabilities spanning optical, wireless, local, personal Internet and eBusiness. The company had 2000 US GAAP revenues of $30.3 billion and serves carrier, service provider and enterprise customers globally. Today, Nortel Networks is creating a high-performance Internet that is more reliable and faster than ever before. It is redefining the economics and quality of networking and the Internet, promising a new era of collaboration, communications and commerce.

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