VNPT upgrades national backbone with Nortel equipment

MAY 23, 2007 -- By upgrading its 3,000-km north-south optical transmission network from 20 Gbits/sec to 40 Gbits/sec, VNPT says it will be able to provide ADSL broadband access to more residential and enterprise customers and deliver quality teleconferencing capabilities for business customers.

MAY 23, 2007 -- Vietnam Post and Telecommunications (VNPT), the country's dominant carrier, is using Nortel (search for Nortel) optical equipment to double the capacity of its national optical backbone and meet accelerating demand for high-bandwidth video, mobile, and broadband services.

By upgrading its 3,000-km north-south optical transmission network from 20 Gbits/sec to 40 Gbits/sec, VNPT says it will be able to provide ADSL broadband access to more residential and enterprise customers and deliver quality teleconferencing capabilities for business. VNPT's network also will handle increased mobile traffic for wireless operators and create a platform for its planned migration to VoIP.

"This project is extremely important to Vietnam's rapidly growing telecommunications market," contends Bui Thien Minh, vice president of VNPT. "This latest expansion of our national backbone, which Nortel originally built and has since upgraded, will allow us to respond swiftly and confidently to the pressing demand of customers for increased bandwidth. Now, with the seamless simplicity of high-speed connectivity, we can empower our customers with an unprecedented range of advanced communications services and capabilities," he asserts.

"Upgrading Vietnam's national backbone to increase the speed of transmission services, grow the availability of broadband Internet access, and enable high-bandwidth business and communications applications is going to make the concept of Business Made Simple a reality for VNPT's customers," adds James Demers, vice president, ASEAN, Nortel. "This doubling of network capacity is going to simplify doing business by removing the barriers that now limit access to services."

Nortel and VNPT have a longstanding business relationship. In 1995, Nortel built the original optical backbone-- the country's first optical DWDM network at 2.5 Gbits/sec-- running from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south with interconnections into the national network for major cities along the route. In 2003, Nortel upgraded the national backbone to 20 Gbits/sec.

Nortel says it is supplying its Optical Long Haul 1600 with the Optical Cross Connect DX for cost-effective DWDM transport, and the Optical Metro 4000 Series of multiservice SDH platforms to enable 10-Gbit/sec connectivity into and from cities along the backbone's north-south path.


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