Hainan Telecom taps Nortel Networks to expand data services, IP VPNs

17 April 2003 Beijing, China Lightwave -- Hainan Telecom, a provincial subsidiary of China Telecom Corp., China's largest fixed-line service provider, will deploy Nortel Networks' Passport 15000 and Passport 7000 Multiservice Switches to upgrade its existing provincial ATM network to provide Internet Protocol (IP) virtual private networks (VPNs) and other data services for government, enterprise, and individual customers.

17 April 2003 Beijing, China Lightwave -- Hainan Telecom, a provincial subsidiary of China Telecom Corp., China's largest fixed-line service provider, will deploy Nortel Networks' Passport 15000 and Passport 7000 Multiservice Switches to upgrade its existing provincial ATM network to provide Internet Protocol (IP) virtual private networks (VPNs) and other data services for government, enterprise, and individual customers.

The backbone network, which should be in service in July 2003, is expected to cover more than 20 major cities and counties across the province. By deploying IP VPNs alongside existing ATM services, Hainan Telecom is positioned to generate incremental service revenues with minimal additional capital investment, contend company representatives. The enhancements position Hainan Telecom to minimize customer churn and attract new customers by offering a smooth migration to new, value-added services.

"Deployment of this equipment is planned to exploit Hainan's data market by providing abundant, high-quality and differentiated services to better satisfy customer demands," explains Wang Tan, general manager, Hainan Telecom.

"Hainan Telecom's selection further reinforces our networking strengths and our leadership in building high-performance multiservice networks in China," adds Yuan-Hao Lin, chief operating officer, Nortel Networks China. "The new network will not only provide Hainan Telecom with greater flexibility in WAN data access options with interworking between IP VPN and existing data services, but will also lay a solid foundation for future data applications and next generation network (NGN) services."


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