hellas online selects Cisco for national fiber network

FEBRUARY 23, 2009 -- hellas online says its use of Cisco's IP-over-DWDM technology, including the ONS 15454 muliservice transport platform, puts next-generation broadband services within reach of all businesses in Greece.

FEBRUARY 23, 2009 -- Cisco (search for Cisco) today announced that it has been selected as the equipment supplier by hellas online for a nationwide optical transport network in Greece. The network, designed and implemented by Intracom Telecom, employs Cisco optical networking and routing technologies over an Internet Protocol (IP)-based next-generation network architecture.

hellas online, part of the Intracom Holdings Group, says it is making significant infrastructure investments using cutting-edge technologies to enhance the quality and reach of its broadband services. Today, hellas online's proprietary fiber-optic network extends to more than 3,500 km nationwide, enabling the company to offer competitive residential voice and data services, while placing it in a leading position in business services, including IP telephony, virtual private networks, and next-generation fiber-to-the business services, say company representatives.

"Operating our own network, the second largest in the country, gives hellas online an important edge over our competitors, and the new cooperation provides us with a future-proof platform to innovate and expand," reports Dimitris Gorgias, network engineering and operations director at hellas online. "Intracom Telecom and Cisco's approach to optical network design makes the management and operation of the network much simpler. As a result, our customers will experience faster installation times, higher-speed services, and first-class reliability so that they can also compete more effectively in their markets," he contends.

hellas online has deployed the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform in the core and aggregation networks, supporting 40-Gbps wavelengths and offering the flexibility to make dynamic changes and expansions to the topology of the network. The Cisco Ethernet over DWDM Xponder line card technology used by hellas online in the DSL aggregation network helps to preserve scarce wavelength resources by allowing multiple DSL access sites to be connected to the IP core network using a single wavelength, note Cisco representatives.

"The demand for broadband services, driven by the availability of visual networking and Web 2.0 services, is growing despite the economic situation," says Paolo Campoli, senior director for sales business development at Cisco. "Cisco's integrated IP and optical solution is helping hellas online to simplify and 'de-layer' the network design, which is the best way to reduce the production cost of bandwidth and secure a competitive cost base. With the close collaboration of the hellas online, Intracom Telecom, and Cisco teams, we have been able to deliver a world-class broadband infrastructure that will benefit consumers and businesses throughout Greece for many years to come," he says.


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