Unity Media deploys Nortel optical Ethernet for triple play

December 19, 2005 Frankfurt, Germany -- Unity Media GmbH has deployed Nortel's Optical Ethernet network platform to support "triple play" cable services including VoIP, video-on-demand, and Internet. According to a press release, the platform consolidates the subscriber services of several cable network operators, serving more than five million customers in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia and Hessen regions.

December 19, 2005 Frankfurt, Germany -- Unity Media GmbH has deployed Nortel's Optical Ethernet network platform to support "triple play" cable services including VoIP, video-on-demand, and Internet. The recently formed German cable operator Unity is also the proprietor of established cable network operators ish and iesy.

According to a press release, the Unity Media network consolidates the subscriber services the aforementioned cable network operators and serves more than five million customers in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia and Hessen regions. Nortel says its optical Ethernet platform is helping Unity Media to drive down operational costs and create new revenue by enhancing the operator's service portfolio and expanding its service area.

"Nortel enabled us to successfully unite the ish and iesy networks to create Europe's largest interconnected cable network," remarks Colin Buechner, senior vice president of network operations and technology at Unity Media. "Now we can deliver a full range of entertainment and multimedia services, including digital TV, video-on-demand, Internet, and telephony, into more homes from a single source.

The optical Ethernet network was planned, implemented, and put into commercial operation in six weeks.

"We chose Nortel because of its leadership and proven experience in delivering optical Ethernet networks on time," adds Buechner. "These strengths have been critical in helping us meet the new capacity requirements created by the merger of ish and iesy, in a very tight timeframe."

According to Nortel, the platform deployed is based on its Optical Metro 5000 product, and provides multiple Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interfaces to support video transport and Internet data. The platform employs the company's Gigabit Ethernet Muxponder card, which the company says permits 10 x GbE service on a single 10-Gbit/sec wavelength. The platform also provides transparent connectivity for native 10-GbE LAN and WAN service traffic.

"By consolidating the Ethernet transport of iesy and ish subscriber services over a single multiservice optical backbone, we were able to satisfy Unity Media's immediate capacity needs," concludes Peter Newcombe, president of Nortel's Carrier Networks unit. "The newly deployed network also has room for future growth as Unity Media adds new services and subscribers."

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