Bulgartel builds network with Infinera

17 APRIL 2008 -- The new network is designed to enable Bulgartel to provide greater capacity and new services to its customers within Bulgaria and to customers requiring international connectivity.

17 APRIL 2008 -- Bulgarian telecom carrier Bulgartel has selected the Infinera (search for Infinera) Digital Optical Networking system for a nationwide Bulgarian optical network. The new network is designed to enable Bulgartel to provide greater capacity and new services to its customers within Bulgaria and to customers requiring international connectivity. System integrator SmartCom Bulgaria AD is providing support services for the new network.

Bulgartel offers wavelength, SDH, and IP services on its network. Bulgartel has experienced growth in bandwidth demand in excess of 100 percent a year, driven by rapid growth in broadband penetration among consumers, increasing use of IP networks by the corporate sector, and fast-growing Internet traffic traveling from Western Europe to the Middle East and Asia. Growing Internet use in the Middle East and Central Asia is driving more IP traffic through Bulgaria and Turkey, the main communications crossroads linking those markets to Western Europe, Infinera says. Within Bulgaria, broadband penetration to the home is growing rapidly, the company adds, driven by low subscription charges and widespread availability of access connections. Rising prosperity today is enabling more and more consumers to subscribe to Internet services.

The Infinera DTN is a digital ROADM for long-haul and metro core networks based on large-scale photonic integrated circuits, combining DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform. Infinera touts its Bandwidth Virtualization technology and the simplicity and ease of operation of its system versus a traditional DWDM optical system as salient reasons behind Bulgartel's design to buy its equipment.

"We chose Infinera because it fits perfectly our company strategy for responding to customer service requests with the best quality and the fastest response time. Growing competition in the Bulgarian market requires Bulgartel to adopt the most competitive technologies and marketing policies. So we have chosen to start with the implementation of a state of the art technology, Infinera's digital optical networking systems," said Dimitar Bambov, CEO of Bulgartel.

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