Telesur picks Nortel for network upgrade in Suriname

April 8, 2005 Paramaribo, Suriname -- Telesur, the principal telecommunications service provider in Suriname, has selected Nortel to expand and upgrade its nationwide wireline and wireless networks to increase capacity, improve quality of service, and enable delivery of a large suite of advanced services. The agreement includes deployment of Nortel's Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 platform, which will initially quadruple the capacity of the provider's backbone transmission network.

April 8, 2005 Paramaribo, Suriname -- Telesur, the principal telecommunications service provider in Suriname, has selected Nortel to expand and upgrade its nationwide wireline and wireless networks to increase capacity, improve quality of service, and enable delivery of a large suite of advanced services.

The agreement includes deployment of Nortel's Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 platform, which will initially quadruple the capacity of the provider's backbone transmission network, while converging both wireless and wireline traffic on the same broadband infrastructure. By simplifying its network, the carrier expects the platform to drive down operational costs, according to a press release. The platform is also DWDM-ready, able to provide more bandwidth when necessary to accommodate customer growth, as well as additional voice and data services.

"Telesur is making this investment to ensure the quality of the mobile and fixed services we provide to our customers today, as well as to expand our service offerings with advanced applications that will provide added value and functionality for our customers in Suriname," remarks Iris Struiken-Wijdenbosch, managing director of Telesur.

Under terms of a recent agreement, Nortel is also expanding the provider's existing wireless network by deploying an end-to-end GSM and GPRS platform, including radio base stations and mobile switching equipment. The provider will also use the company's broadband signaling transfer point (STP) to help expand its Signaling System 7 (SS7) networking capacity, to facilitate delivery and reduce operating costs associated with providing various service options.

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