October 29, 2002 --The Cyprus Telecommunication Authority (CYTA) based in Nicosia, Cyprus, has awarded Siemens Information and Communication (IC) Networks a contract to set up its optical backbone network. The 3-year supply agreement is worth approximately 9 million euros.
In preparation for the liberalization of the telecom market in Cyprus, CYTA is basing its approach on a DWDM platform offering high bandwidth and support for a host of profitable services. Voice and data services will be transmitted over the DWDM platform, making it possible to quickly accommodate new transmission capacity requirements placed on the network. Siemens will supply CYTA with its TransXpress Infinity WLS and Waveline Metronet DWDM equipment. CYTA will also use Siemens' TransXpress network management system to monitor and control the optical backbone. The network design, the wide range of currently available interfaces, the operation and maintenance facilities were decisive factors that led to Siemens IC Networks winning CYTA's order, according to Siemens. More information is available at: http://www.siemens.com/networks.
A corporate body established by law, CYTA is responsible for the provisioning, maintenance and development of telecommunications facilities, both local and overseas. CYTA has developed an extensive submarine fiber-optic cable network, which connects Cyprus with the neighboring countries of Greece, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, the Black Sea and the Balkans. It is currently in the process of being converted into a private company. Further information is available at: http://www.cytaglobal.com.cy.