OFS fiber selected for optical network build in Argentina

27 August 2003 Atlanta, GA Lightwave -- Fiber-optic product manufacturer OFS has been selected by Tecnología en Servicios Urbanos (TESUR S.A.) to provide optical fiber and connectivity products to the government of the Province of La Pampa in Argentina, for what will be first optical network of its kind in the Province.

Aug 27th, 2003

27 August 2003 Atlanta, GA Lightwave -- Fiber-optic product manufacturer OFS has been selected by Tecnología en Servicios Urbanos (TESUR S.A.) to provide optical fiber and connectivity products to the government of the Province of La Pampa in Argentina, for what will be first optical network of its kind in the Province.

The network, called Red de Fibra Optica y Sistemas de Comunicaciones Multimediales or Fiber Optics and Multimedia Communications System Network (SICOMU), is a part of a bigger project, Acueducto del Rio Colorado (Rio Colorado Aqueduct), under execution for the government of La Pampa. The project is being built by a joint venture formed by TECHINT-SKANSKA with its subsidiary TESUR, a leading telecommunication network construction and services company.

The network will operate and control a newly built aqueduct infrastructure as well as connect education, medical, security, justice, and research institutions and private companies, delivering voice, data, video, and a range of digital services.

The network will support the entire control system of the aqueduct, encompassing seven jurisdictions in the Province of La Pampa. It will provide water to 85% of the province's population, reaching more than 85 towns and cities. The network will also connect governmental, education, and public institutions, including the Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, the Instituto Nacional de Technología Agropecuaria (INTA), Establecimiento Asistencial Dr. Lucio Molas, and Ministerio de la Producción, among others.

"This fiber-optic network is critical to bringing the province of La Pampa into the 21st Century," contends Ernesto Franco, Finance Minister of La Pampa. "The network is invaluable not only to adequately manage the aqueduct operation but also to create the basic infrastructure to develop all social and economic areas of the province. It will also extend its benefits to most of the province population by providing enormous communication resources that will allow us to take advantage of numerous business, educational, and cultural opportunities offered by our present global society," he adds.

The network solution will enable the access of real time data at any time and any point of the network. The network allows for redundant paths for data and service transmission to secure the aqueduct operations.

OFS has been working with the Ce.Si.Da., Centro de Sistematización de Datos (Data Sistematization Center), a unit of the Government of La Pampa, over the past five years to fully support the optical fiber deployment, including designing the cables and network architecture and designating fiber applications.

The solution includes loose tube armor composite cable with OFS' zero-water peak Full Spectrum AllWave fiber, optimized for metro and regional links, and TrueWave RS fiber for long haul needs. TrueWave RS fiber, the industry's first Non-Zero Dispersion Fiber (NZDF), is optimized for long haul and regional metro networks. TrueWave fiber delivered uncompensated reach over a link of 120 km without the need for a regeneration signal, reducing the equipment costs of the network, say company representatives.

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