11 November 2003 Madrid, Spain Lightwave--Retecal, the cable telecom operator in Spain's Castille-Leon region, has enhanced its existing network infrastructure by adding optical Ethernet technology from Nortel Networks. This technology will enable Retecal to extend its data service portfolio, allowing it to deliver Ethernet services to enterprise customers. Adding Nortel's OPTera Metro 1000 series of Ethernet Service Modules has positioned Retecal to deliver cost-effective, next-generation metro Ethernet services for enterprise customers connected through its core IP network based on Nortel's Passport 8600 Routing Switch.
"Ethernet will allow us to satisfy the incremental bandwidth needs required by today's multimedia enterprise communications in a very effective way," said Carlos Luengos, general manager, Retecal. "For the companies in the region, inter-office Ethernet connectivity allows them to compete in a global market. Nortel Networks has been with us from the beginning of our business project and, with this new push, we expect to be able to lead the Spanish telecommunication services market."
The OPTera Metro 1000 series of Ethernet Service Modules allows service providers to quickly establish cost-effective, differentiated services for enterprise customers. This next generation of services includes the new Ethernet virtual private LAN services (VPLS) and high-speed access to data centers and the Internet. Ethernet services are flexible, secure and scalable, able to support tens of thousands of customers and bandwidth increments from 1 Mbit/sec to 1 Gbit/sec per customer.
Nortel Networks is a global supplier of virtual private network (VPN) and optical Ethernet solutions delivering 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Resilient Packet Rings, and MPLS based Layer 2 VPN solutions to service providers and enterprises.
Retecal is one of the leading cable operators in Spain, and offers its advanced television, telephony and Internet services to more than 95,000 customers, including residential, professional, corporate and public institutions in 17 different cities.