Neuf Cegetel selects Ericsson and Redback for FTTH network

OCTOBER 10, 2007 � The French alternative carrier chooses Redback to provide equipment for the aggregation network that will support its FTTH rollout.

OCTOBER 10, 2007 � On the heels of its selection of Alcatel-Lucent as its GPON equipment provider, French alternative carrier Neuf Cegetel (search for Neuf Cegetel) has selected Redback Networks Inc. (search for Redback), an Ericsson company that makes video-centric routers, to provide equipment for the aggregation network that will support its FTTH rollout for both residential and business services.

Neuf Cegetel is the largest alternative carrier in France serving more than three million broadband subscribers and 150,000 corporate sites. Neuf Cegetel's broadband network reaches more than 70% of France's more than 62 million people.

Under the new deal, Redback and Ericsson will deploy and maintain Redback SmartEdge 1200 multi-service edge routers to aggregate optical access nodes into a 10-Gbit/sec metro Ethernet network.

"Building a nationwide fiber network across France will allow Neuf Cegetel to introduce a new set of high-bandwidth communications services for both consumers and businesses. Redback's SmartEdge 1200 multi-service edge routers are an ideal platform to manage data, voice, video, and mobility services over fiber networks," said Pierre Alain Allemand, general manager of the Network Division at Neuf Cegetel.

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