DECEMBER 10, 2007 -- Ericsson (search for Ericsson) has signed turnkey contracts as the total solution provider and prime integrator of metro networks to support the launch of seven digital cities across Greece.
Per the agreements, Ericsson will supply and install fiber-optic telecommunications networks in the municipalities of Agrinio, Chania, Ermoupolis, Ierapetra, Iraklio, Kozani, and Rethymno. The networks initially will link municipal buildings, such as the general hospital, town hall, schools, and universities. The move is set to bolster public infrastructure for citizens and will provide high-speed, premium-quality broadband services to support innovative next-generation services, say Ericsson representatives.
In addition to the FTTx (search for FTTx) backbone telecommunications infrastructure, the contract also includes switching and WiFi systems. As prime integrator, Ericsson says it is the single interface deploying and integrating multi-vendor systems as well as managing vendor relations, including deployment, systems integration, and customer support. The rollout has already started, says the company.
"Ericsson's end-to-end solution represents a springboard for improving public services and supporting regional economic growth," notes president Spyros Nikolaou, who is responsible for Ericsson's business in Greece, Cyprus, Albania, and Malta. "This initiative builds upon earlier Metropolitan Area Network projects implemented across Greece and reflects our goal of bringing communications to all. It sets the stage for the introduction of next-generation networks, offering high-speed broadband access and first rate telecommunications services across Greece," he adds.
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