PacketFront automates Dutch FTTH network

January 24, 2006 Stockholm, Sweden -- Portaal, the Dutch social housing association, will deploy PacketFront's next-generation broadband aggregation platforms in order to deliver triple-play FTTH services to inhabitants of over 55,000 homes across five cities in the Netherlands. According to a press release, the completed network will be the Netherlands' largest, most advanced FTTH implementation thus far, and one of the largest in Europe.

January 24, 2006 Stockholm, Sweden -- Portaal, the Dutch social housing association, will deploy PacketFront's next-generation broadband aggregation platforms in order to deliver triple-play FTTH services to inhabitants of over 55,000 homes across five cities in the Netherlands. According to a press release, the completed network will be the Netherlands' largest, most advanced FTTH implementation thus far, and one of the largest in Europe.

In the deployment, PacketFront's BECSTM control and provisioning system in combination with the company's ASR routers will create a fully automated broadband network covering homes in the cities of Utrecht, Leiden, Nijmegen, Arnhem, and Amersfoort. According to the release, Volker Stevin, part of the Volker Wessels construction group, will deploy and operate the open access network for Portaal, which will allow competing service providers to deliver converged "triple-play" services over a shared physical infrastructure.

PacketFront will also be responsible for ongoing engineering and operational support of the end-to-end network. The company says its scaleable technology will also offer Portaal the flexibility to extend to additional cities in the future, while opening the network to more service providers.

"Portaal is developing a significant and innovative network of great magnitude, and we are very excited to be involved," comments Martin Thunman, CEO of PacketFront. "With the advanced automation features of BECS, our solution will accelerate time-to-market and lower OPEX costs. Through a single automated connection, Portaal's customers will be able to subscribe to multiple triple-play services."

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