UnitedNetworks taps Nortel for optical Ethernet

Dec. 11, 2000
UnitedNetworks, a New Zealand infrastructure company active in gas distribution and electrical lines, has selected Nortel Networks to supply equipment for a previously announced optical network. The network, which will serve Auckland and Wellington, will see UnitedNetworks offering wholesale bandwidth on an optical network built along its current rights of way.
By Stephen Hardy

UnitedNetworks, a New Zealand infrastructure company active in gas distribution and electrical lines, has selected Nortel Networks to supply equipment for a previously announced optical network. The network, which will serve Auckland and Wellington, will see UnitedNetworks offering wholesale bandwidth on an optical network built along its current rights of way.

Nortel will supply its Passport 8600 routing switch as part of the deal, according to Arun Jain, director of marketing for optical Internet at the equipment provider. The router will be part of a relatively simple network architecture that will provide Ethernet-based services in the central business districts of Auckland and Wellington beginning in the first half of next year. Jain anticipates that UnitedNetworks will deploy the Passport routers at its points of presence, then use its optical networks to connect the routers to Ethernet switches at the customers� premises.

While business growth may require additional optical networking equipment, Jain predicts UnitedNetworks will use this simplified architecture to support voice and video services as well as data via Ethernet connections. The Passport routers will support 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as 10 Gigabit Ethernet virtual private networks, according Nortel.

UnitedNetworks hasn�t announced a dollar value for the contract, and Jain declined to predict how many routers the company would need for its new network. However, he did say that the emerging carrier had subcontracted at least some of the build out, design, and implementation work to Nortel. United Networks also has selected Works Infrastructure Ltd. as the supplier of �civil works� for the project.

In addition to supplying services within Auckland and Wellington, UnitedNetworks will link its network to the Southern Cross cable system. In announcing the network last July, company officials estimated initial capital costs of around NZ$30 million over the first two years of the project.

Sponsored Recommendations

Data Center Interconnection

June 18, 2024
Join us for an interactive discussion on the growing data center interconnection market. Learn about the role of coherent pluggable optics, new connectivity technologies, and ...

The Pluggable Transceiver Revolution

May 30, 2024
Discover the revolution of pluggable transceivers in our upcoming webinar, where we delve into the advancements propelling 400G and 800G coherent optics. Learn how these innovations...

The Journey to 1.6 Terabit Ethernet

May 24, 2024
Embark on a journey into the future of connectivity as the leaders of the IEEE P802.3dj Task Force unveil the groundbreaking strides towards 1.6 Terabit Ethernet, revolutionizing...

FTTx Deployment Strategies

March 29, 2023
Cable operators continue to deploy fiber in their networks at anincreasing rate. As fiber grows in importance, proper choices regardinghow to best fit fiber to the home together...