Chunghwa Telecom taps Alcatel-Lucent for fiber to the building

OCTOBER 9, 2008 -- Alcatel-Lucent says it has signed a contract with the largest telecommunications service provider in Taiwan to provide Ethernet/MPLS gear for a fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) initiative

OCTOBER 9, 2008 -- Alcatel-Lucent (search for Alcatel-Lucent) says it has signed a contract with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), the largest telecommunications service provider in Taiwan, to provide Ethernet/MPLS gear for CHT's fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) initiative. This network expansion project will enable CHT to provide very high-speed services to a larger residential and business subscriber base across Taiwan.

The new contract is part of CHT's "Optical Era Project," which involves an investment of approximately $1.8 billion to construct an island-wide optical network over a five-year period. The final goal of the project is to bring fiber-optic connections to 2.4 million subscribers by 2010.

Alcatel-Lucent will supply CHT with its 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS), a scalable Ethernet/MPLS aggregation platform designed to enable carriers to provide high-speed Internet, video, and voice services. The expansion will equip CHT with higher network capacity and offer FTTB subscribers fast data transfer at the download speeds of 10, 50, and 100 Mbits/sec for services including high speed Internet, IPTV and virtual private networks.

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