April 19, 2004 Spokane Valley, WA and Beijing--World Wide Packets announced that its LightningEdge suite has been selected for deployment by Great Wall Broadband Network Service Co. Ltd., (GWBN), one of China's fastest growing broadband service providers. By selecting World Wide Packets, GWBN is able to deliver simultaneous telephony, business and entertainment video, broadband data, and Internet access services, to any combination of business and residential subscribers, using Ethernet over fiber. This purchase marks the beginning of strategic cooperation between GWBN and World Wide Packets to deliver IP converged services to their residential and business customers.
In partnership with Alliance Digital, a China-focused telecommunications business development services company, World Wide Packets has been deployed across GWBN's broadband network. GWBN selected World Wide Packets active Ethernet solution because of the company's ability to deliver carrier-class products that enable highly reliable and resilient networks with fully symmetrical 100-Mbit/sec or 1-Gbit/sec dedicated bandwidth to every subscriber.
"As one of the fastest growing broadband service providers in China, our goal is to offer our residential and business customers a mix of voice, data, and video services at a highly competitive price," said Mr. Sun, chief executive of GWBN. "We selected World Wide Packets because they offered the only solution that provided the scalability necessary to provide our customers with a breadth of services, while at the same time giving us the ability to continue to add subscribers to the network with a rich feature set."
According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), Internet users in China have increased to more than 79 million and continue to grow in terms of broadband subscribers. Instrumental in this growth is GWBN, which will offer its customers a host of new and existing services using World Wide Packets including, data access, voice, VPNs, IP Centrex, video (video on demand, IPTV), content and gaming, interactive television programs, and distance education.
GWBN, a joint venture of Great Computer Group and Citic Group, is a broadband telecommunications operator in China, with a mission to provide broadband services to business and residential subscribers. GWBN supplies value-added services including telephony, business and entertainment video, broadband data, and Internet access services. Headquartered in Beijing, GWBN has 5 regional branch companies in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Chengdu and covers over 30 major cities throughout China.