Czech Telecom today announced that it has started providing international telecommunications services to its business and service provider customers DWDM optical solutions from Lucent Technologies. Czech Telecom and Lucent have constructed an international optical network with access points in the Slovak Republic, Austria and Germany.
Czech Telecom is using the optical infrastructure technology to offer high-quality high-speed connections between locations in the Czech Republic and abroad and also transit services to several countries. The technology will provide Czech Telecom's customers with network administration and operations services 24 hours a day, all year round.
"By launching this transit network Czech Telecom has become a truly international company, and the first national operator from the accession countries to the European Union to expand into foreign countries," contends Pavel Jirouï¿½ek, executive vice-president of Wholesale Services, Czech Telecom. "Thanks to high-quality network infrastructure, as well as the country's advantageous geographical location and business experience in a liberalised market, Czech Telecom is ideally positioned to act as a telecommunications services hub between Eastern and Western Europe."
Lucent has been supplying Czech Telecom with DWDM systems since October 2002. Czech Telecom is using the WaveStar OLS 1.6T system, an ultra-high-capacity DWDM system. The system offers up to 160 10-Gbit/sec wavelengths for a total capacity of 1.6 Tbits/sec on one fiber, and open architecture that enables it to operate in multi-vendor environments. Czech Telecom has also deployed the WaveStar ADM16/1, Lucent's 2.5-Gbit/sec SDH multiplexer, and the Metropolis AM, a cost-effective Ethernet/SDH metro access multiplexer.
The companies completed the construction of points of presence in Bratislava, Slovak Republic; Vienna, Austria; and Frankfurt, Germany in January 2003. The second phase will consist of constructing similar points of presence in Budapest and Warsaw.