JANUARY 3, 2008 -- Ericsson (search for Ericsson) and Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), Taiwan's largest telecom operator, have signed an agreement for the supply of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (search for ROADM). CHT says this is the first contract it has awarded for its five-year ROADM plan, part of its Optical Era Project.
"ROADM is a crucial part of our MOD [Multimedia on Demand] offering and future core network development inÂ our Optical Era Project," contends Tzu-Han Huang, vice president of CHT. "We therefore applied a lengthy and thorough technical evaluation andÂ 10-month-long product-testing process to select a vendor. Upon completion of ROADM, Chunghwa Telecom will yet again take an industry-leading position in optical networkÂ planning, delivering world-class services to our customers and driv[ing] development of the local telecom industry."
According to Ericsson, its Marconi MHL 3000 family, a DWDM platform with ROADM capability, will significantly boost network speed and performance, enabling up to 80 channels with up to 40-Gbit/sec capacity per channel. The use of new features, including wavelength selective switching (search for WSS), advanced automation, and network management, will help CHT keep its operational costs at a highly competitive level for the long term, while the future-proof nature of MHL 3000 will enable it to be easily upgraded and expanded as the need for network capacity grows, say Ericsson representatives.
"This contract confirms Ericsson's leadership in the optical transport area," adds Stefan Johansson, president of Ericsson Taiwan. "We are pleasedÂ our solutions are in line with CHT's expectation. We will soon start implementation with our local systems integration partner TECOM. We are committed to making CHT's Optical Era Project a success," he maintains.
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