Moscow's Golden Telecom deploys optical Ethernet equipment from Nortel Networks

19 November 2003 Moscow Lightwave -- Golden Telecom Inc., a major independent Russian telecommunications operator, has deployed Optical Ethernet equipment from Nortel Networks to provide Ethernet virtual private network (VPN) connectivity to enterprises in major business centers and customer locations throughout Moscow.

19 November 2003 Moscow Lightwave -- Golden Telecom Inc., a major independent Russian telecommunications operator, has deployed Optical Ethernet equipment from Nortel Networks to provide Ethernet virtual private network (VPN) connectivity to enterprises in major business centers and customer locations throughout Moscow.

"Making the most of our installed base and rapidly rolling out new, in-demand, revenue-generating services is vital in today's telecommunications market," reports Alexander Rozanov, director, Business Development Division, Golden Telecom. "Nortel Networks has provided us with new, innovative services, allowing Golden Telecom to be the first company to offer Ethernet connectivity across the whole of Moscow."

The new Optical Ethernet solution from Nortel Networks includes the OPTera Metro 1200 Ethernet Service Modules, which will be used in conjunction with an existing network of Nortel's Passport 8600 Multiservice Switches to help Golden Telecom eliminate boundaries between LAN and WAN networks.

"As one of Europe's largest and fastest growing cities, Moscow requires new services to be supplied efficiently and rapidly," explains Christine Landrevot, president, Eastern Europe, Nortel Networks. "We are driving continuous innovation in our service provider portfolio that will help to accelerate growth of new services."

Services available from Golden Telecom using this solution include Ethernet VPNs for LAN-to-LAN interconnection, Internet access, and TV multicasting. Customers include enterprises, residential buildings, business centers, and TV carriers. Customers can be provided with any-to-any topology Ethernet VPN services with guaranteed bandwidth and quality of service.

Golden Telecom is the first Gigabit Ethernet service provider in Russia. Its network is built on the Ethernet switching, IP, and multicast routing capabilities of Passport 8600 and Nortel Networks' Baystack/BPS policy switches. The company's Shasta 5000 BSN has been added to the network for value-added IP services, to provide VPN and IP access for the new Gigabit network, and for router-based leased line access and ATM networking of the Passport 7000 and 20000.

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