Telefónica Wholesale picks Nortel to expand Latin America optical network

December 6, 2005 Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Telefónica International Wholesale Services announced that it has doubled its optical fiber network capacity throughout Latin America with an optical platform and services from Nortel.

Dec 6th, 2005

December 6, 2005 Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Telefónica International Wholesale Services announced that it has doubled its optical fiber network capacity throughout Latin America with an optical platform and services from Nortel.

Telefónica Wholesale says the expansion of its SAM-1 fiber optical ring creates an advanced network linking the Americas and Europe, meeting demand for high-speed business and residential communication services. The network connects Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Peru, Puerto Rico, and the United States with Europe.

For the expansion, Telefónica Wholesale implemented Nortel's Optical Long Haul 1600 and Optical Cross Connect DX platforms, to increase its backbone capacity to 80 Gbit/sec. The Optical Long Haul 1600 is a 10-Gbit/sec platform that uses DWDM to split light to improve traffic capacity, and is designed to maximize capacity on each fiber pair. The Optical Cross Connect DX is an optical switch designed to enable service providers to increase network capacity and reliability.

"Nortel has been working closely with Telefónica Wholesale for more than five years - from the original launch of its network, to ongoing optimization of its regional network with industry-leading optical solutions," comments Ricardo Casal, managing director of Nortel's Southern Cone operation. "This current expansion gives Telefónica Wholesale one of the most modern and capable infrastructures in Latin America."

In the expansion, Nortel provided network and site engineering, installation, commissioning, and testing services. The company will continue to provide network maintenance, including technical support and repair services, under an agreement that extends through mid-2007.

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