HKBN picks Cisco's IP NGN, ROADM platforms

August 31, 2005 Hong Kong -- Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is expanding its coverage and capacity with Cisco's IP Next Generation Network (IP NGN) platform, using Cisco's reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology together with HKBN's existing Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) optical core.

August 31, 2005 Hong Kong -- Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is expanding its coverage and capacity with Cisco's IP Next Generation Network (IP NGN) platform, using Cisco's reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology together with HKBN's existing Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) optical core. According to Cisco, providing total network capacity approaching 2 Tbits/sec, its ROADM technology will help the carrier to increase the scope of its service offerings and expand its network coverage in Hong Kong.

For the deployment, HKBN says it sought a flexible, scalable DWDM platform to help reduce maintenance and support costs. The carrier says the Cisco ROADM platform provides a versatile, easy-to-maintain infrastructure, allowing for improved quality of service for its customers in Hong Kong, and for accelerated deployment of new services.

"Unlike the standalone offerings from other companies, the Cisco solution gives us a completely integrated optical network that delivers ongoing capex and opex savings," remarks Ricky Wong, chairman of HKBN. "The deployment of the Cisco solution further underpins our guarantee of 80% throughput for the 10 Mbit/sec and 100 Mbit/sec high-speed broadband service. It's also in line with our commitment to extending coverage to 80% of homes in Hong Kong, and providing the region's fastest and the most innovative IP-based services."

According to a press release, he implementation of the ROADM platform on the carrier's network infrastructure will start at the end of August and finish by early October. Upon completion, the carrier says its optical core will consist of multiple rings spanning the territory of Hong Kong.

"By deploying Cisco IP NGN and optical solutions, HKBN is set to further strengthen its market status, raise the industry's service quality benchmark and provide even better, faster services to its customers," concludes Fredy Cheung, managing director of Cisco Systems (HK) Limited.

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