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Taiwan prepares for 3G with infrastructure backbone build
Posted: 03-Sep-2002 [Source: Nortel Networks press release]

[An island wide 10Gbps backbone is expected to provide the basis for Chunghwa Telecom's 3G wireless multimedia rollout.]

Taipei, Taiwan -- In a move to make high-speed broadband access and bandwidth available to subscribers in Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom has selected an optical long haul solution - featuring OPTera* Long Haul 1600 dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) and OPTera Connect DX optical switching technology - from Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT].

Under an agreement estimated at approximately US$20 million, Nortel Networks will build what is expected to be Taiwan's first, island-wide, 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) optical DWDM backbone. Chunghwa Telecom plans to provide initial service in the second half of 2003.

This is the second time in recent months that Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's largest carrier, has selected Nortel Networks to supply optical network solutions. In July 2002, Chunghwa Telecom awarded Nortel Networks a supply agreement for optical long haul and metro optical equipment to connect the Kinmen, Penghu, and Matsu Islands in the Taiwan Strait to the Taiwan mainland.

"These two wins strengthen Nortel Networks position as an optical networking leader in Taiwan," said Masood Tariq, president, Nortel Networks Asia Pacific. "This new, high-speed, high-bandwidth backbone is expected to meet Taiwan's present and evolving fixed-line broadband access and network capacity demands, as well as to provide a reliable and scalable platform for deployment of 3G (third generation) wireless multimedia services in the years to come."

Combining OPTera Connect DX with Nortel Networks OPTera Long Haul 1600 in the backbone allows service providers to best address capacity and flexibility requirements of the network while minimizing capital and operational expenditures through a smaller footprint and lower power consumption. Additionally, service providers can optimize DWDM interconnects providing a seamless regional to metro network transition.

With more than 12,000 network elements installed worldwide, OPTera Long Haul 1600 positions service providers to optimize their networks through data native interfaces and flexible OADM capabilities. Additionally, OPTera Long Haul 1600 offers multiservice capabilities, scalability and full interworking functionality with other elements of the network. This helps position service providers to realize significant reductions in lifecycle costs, while providing an easy-to-manage, 'future proof' platform designed to address current and future needs.

OPTera Connect DX enables service providers and carriers to increase network capacity, provide flexible services, improve connection and network management capabilities, and enhance network reliability. OPTera Connect DX is the only regional cross-connect that integrates the metro network with the long haul network, and is the most widely deployed 10 Gbps optical switch in the world, with over 6,000 deployments and 100 customers.

Deployed in more than 1,000 customer networks in 65 countries, Nortel Networks end-to-end optical network portfolio includes next generation SONET/SDH, optical switching products, photonics (WDM), and Optical Ethernet products. In addition, Nortel Networks has deployed more than 250,000 network elements globally. Nortel Networks was the worldwide leader in optical networking for 2001 and the first and second quarters of 2002 with #1 market shares in total optical transport equipment and metropolitan DWDM, according to the Dell'Oro Group.

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