Vietnam's FPT Telecom taps Cisco for metro optical roll-out

October 26, 2005 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam -- FPT Telecom, a multimedia and Internet service provider in Vietnam, has completed the deployment of what it says is that country's first metro Ethernet and optical network. The 10-Gbit/sec network, built with a metro Ethernet, broadband, and IP/MPLS platform from Cisco Systems, will allow FPT to deliver a variety of high-speed data, voice, and video services.

October 26, 2005 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam -- FPT Telecom , a multimedia and Internet service provider in Vietnam, has completed the deployment of what it says is that country's first metro Ethernet and optical network. The 10-Gbit/sec network, built with a metro Ethernet, broadband, and IP/MPLS platform from Cisco Systems , will allow FPT to deliver a variety of high-speed data, voice, and video services.

According to a press release, the core of the optical network employ's Cisco's ONS 15454 SDH Multi-service Provisioning Platform (MSPP), which combines the functions of multiple network elements into a single platform. The company says the platform provides legacy TDM, metro Ethernet, and SAN connectivity as well as wavelength services through integrated DWDM and reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) functionalities.

"FPT Telecom has great ambitions to bring state-of-the-art Internet services to Vietnam. To achieve this, we needed a solid foundation that was carrier-class, scalable, and cost-effective. We were highly impressed with Cisco's optical solutions," comments Truong Dinh Anh, general director of FPT Telecom.

Also, at the access edge of the network, by deploying Cisco's Catalyst Ethernet switches and Broadband Remote Access Server (BRAS) technology, FPT now has a single platform for aggregating its DSL subscribers for Internet services and expanding its broadband connectivity with metro Ethernet services, while also enabling value-added services such as triple-play and IPTV. In addition, with the Cisco 7600 routers, FPT says it can further differentiate its IP/MPLS VPN services to its business users by offering high-speed Ethernet services, in addition to its existing lease lines access.

"This is a very important project for Cisco to be involved in, as it could be an important catalyst of growth of the Internet in Vietnam," remarks James Chia, general director of Cisco Systems Vietnam.

Cisco's optical, metro Ethernet, and IP/MPLS networking portfolio is a part of the company's Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture, which is designed to enable service providers to migrate to IP-based networks.

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