Finland’s SSP Yhtiöt Oy buys GPON gear from Alcatel-Lucent

JANUARY 10, 2011 -- SSP Yhtiöt Oy, part of the Finnet Group, has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON technology as part of its effort to fulfill the Finnish government’s goal of providing 100-Mbps services to 98% of Finland’s households by the end of 2015.

JANUARY 10, 2011 -- SSP Yhtiöt Oy, part of the Finnet Group, has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON technology as part of its effort to fulfill the Finnish government’s goal of providing 100-Mbps services to 98% of Finland’s households by the end of 2015.

The Finnet Group comprises 28 small and mid-sized telecom service providers across Finland.

Under a three-year frame agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its GPON-based IP access platform, and its portfolio of customer premises equipment. According to Alcatel-Lucent, SSP chose GPON because of its operational cost savings due to its passive (maintenance-free) outside plant, shorter repair times when fiber cables are damaged, easier network design, and redundancy closer to the end-customer.

Said Pekka Granlund, planning manager at SSP, “Following a thorough study of the technologies and solutions that are available on the market today, we selected Alcatel-Lucent -- as it clearly has the most future-safe GPON platform. Alcatel- Lucent’s products and services provide us with the flexibility we need, giving us the competitive edge we require to be successful in this market.”

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