Belgacom, Nortel Networks deploy optical network for European Commission

October 23, 2002--Belgian national telecommunications operator Belgacom and Nortel Networks have deployed an optical network for the European Commission under a contract between Belgacom and the European Commission.

Belgian national telecommunications operator Belgacom and Nortel Networks have deployed an optical network for the European Commission under a contract between Belgacom and the European Commission.

"By choosing Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 Multiservice Platform, Belgacom has been able to deploy a fully protected optical network connecting all 120 European Commission sites," explains Christian Dezangre, unit manager, government branch, Belgacom.

"Nortel Networks continues to work closely with Belgacom to put in place next-generation optical equipment for a variety of its customers," adds Peter Newcombe, who leads the Optical Networks business for Nortel Networks in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. "We are committed to providing cost-effective, resilient, and reliable metro optical equipment, and this long-term commitment has led to Nortel Networks being one of the leaders in this market."

Belgacom chose Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 for its high reliability, proven performance, and cost-effective delivery of Gigabit Ethernet services in metropolitan environments, say company representatives. Carrier grade availability and management of service levels, driven by the need for business continuity, were key criterion in Belgacom's selection of optical protection and centralized management facilities.

OPTera Metro 5200 is a forecast-tolerant, data-optimized DWDM platform for metropolitan access and interoffice applications. It supports 32 wavelengths of bandwidth using the power of DWDM and delivers 10-Gbits per wavelength scalability, along with a network-modeling tool that simplifies the deployment and operation of efficient DWDM networks.

For more information about Nortel Networks (Ottawa, Ontario), visit the company's Web site at www.nortelnetworks.com.

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