KDDI selects Nortel optical Ethernet gear

Nov. 16, 2001--KDDI has selected Nortel Networks to supply optical Ethernet equipment for delivery of advanced, high-speed data services to enterprise and residential customers.

KDDI has selected Nortel Networks to supply optical Ethernet equipment for delivery of advanced, high-speed data services to enterprise and residential customers.

KDDI will deploy Nortel Networks' OPTera Metro 3500 Multiservice Platform and OPTera Packet Edge System to create what is expected to be Japan's first carrier-grade optical metro rings using optical Ethernet over Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) technology.

"We're working closely with KDDI to help them address the e-Japan initiative, which aims to make Japan the world's most advanced, IT-based knowledge nation within five years," said John Giamatteo, president, Nortel Networks Japan. "In densely populated cities, this means bringing content and information directly to enterprises via very high-speed broadband, dramatically increasing productivity by enabling faster and greater access to data and applications."

The new optical metro rings will be the first phase of KDDI's plan to significantly expand its network in Japan's metropolitan areas. They will be connected to KDDI's new inter-city backbone network, based on Nortel Networks OPTera Long Haul 1600 Optical Line System. Deployed under a contract announced in December 2000, this multiservice, 10-Gbit/sec DWDM backbone is capable of delivering up to 1.6 Tbits/sec per fiber, with up to 160 wavelengths at 10 Gbits/sec.

More information about Nortel Networks can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com.

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