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Metromedia and Nortel to connect European cities

New York-based Metromedia Fiber Network has signed its second agreement in two months with Nortel Networks of Brampton, ON, for Optical Internet technology, the latest in a multi-million dollar deal f...


May 1, 2000  


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New York-based Metromedia Fiber Network has signed its second agreement in two months with Nortel Networks of Brampton, ON, for Optical Internet technology, the latest in a multi-million dollar deal for equipment to connect major cities throughout Europe.

When completed, Metromedia’s pan-European optical infrastructure will connect 16 major cities in five European countries to the Internet with a fast, reliable and high-capacity network.

By deploying Nortel Networks’ OPTera LH, Metromedia will be able to take advantage of dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM), which results in a network that is scalable to more than one terabit per second capacity. DWDM maximizes traffic carrying capacity by splitting light into many different channels, each with a different wavelength or colour.

Nortel will also provide program management, network design, implementation, integration, network surveillance, first-line maintenance and emergency response services. The network will be managed from Metromedia’s European network operations centre in Amsterdam, using Nortel network management tools.

This contract announcement follows an estimated US$250 million contract with Metromedia announced in February for deployment of Nortel’s Optical Internet solutions in North America.


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