Retelit contracts Siemens to expand its optical network

OCTOBER 11, 2006 - Retelit is expanding its network in 46 locations in Italy, with work scheduled for completion by mid-2007.

OCTOBER 11, 2006 -- Italian telecommunications provider Retelit will expand its optical wide area network with Siemens' (search Siemens) Surpass hiT 7300 DWDM systems, which will increase network capacity to 40 Gbits/sec per wavelength, resulting in a total transmission capacity of 1.6 Tbits/sec.

According to Siemens, the new platform also will enable different transport services to be set up more flexibly, allowing Retelit to expand its portfolio and quickly gear network capacity to customer needs. The network is being expanded at 46 locations in Italy, with work scheduled for completion by mid-2007.

Siemens says it will deliver Retelit's DWDM-based fiber-optic transmission network as a turnkey solution. The project will include deployment of Surpass hiT 7300, the new optical DWDM transport platform from Siemens. In addition to the platform's massive transmission capacity of up to 40 wavelengths per fiber link and up to 40 Gbits/sec per wavelength, its high degree of automation is another crucial advantage, say company representatives, who note that the new system "slashes the time required to set up new links and services." This will enable the Retelit Group, which operates throughout Italy mainly in the wholesale market, to offer customers an array of services both cost-effectively and flexibly. In addition to conventional TDM transmission, the platform is also equipped for Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet services.

Surpass hiT 7300 makes it possible to minimize on-site work on the network and automate most of the installation process. Configuration, monitoring, and software updates are either completely automated or can be handled remotely from headquarters, explain Siemens representatives. This helps carriers to significantly reduce network complexity; simplify system setup, operation, and maintenance; and eliminate sources of error.

"Renewing our optical infrastructure is a key action to achieve our industrial and financial objectives," reports Francesco Di Giovanni, managing director of the Retelit Group. "Prompt response to customer requests for increased transmission capacity and the expansion of our broad portfolio by adding Gigabit Ethernet services are key selling points. The choice for Siemens does reinforce a technological partnership with the intention to cover the entire area of physical infrastructures, such as those of photonic and wireless systems," he adds.


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