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BT SELECTS NORTEL NETWORKS FOR OPTICAL INTERNETLondon, England's BT has selected Nortel Networks as a strategic supplier for the upgrade of its core national network to a data and Internet Protocol (I...


September 1, 2000  


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BT SELECTS NORTEL NETWORKS FOR OPTICAL INTERNET

London, England’s BT has selected Nortel Networks as a strategic supplier for the upgrade of its core national network to a data and Internet Protocol (IP) architecture, based on Optical Internet solutions.

Nortel will supply BT with an optical Internet solution to increase network capacity, reliability and functionality. The company estimates that this deal could be worth as much as US$2 billion over five years.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September, and the network is expected to be operational by April of next year.W

360NETWORKS AND SINGTEL TO DEVELOP ASIA PACIFIC NETWORK

Vancouver’s 360networks has entered into a strategic relationship with C2C, a subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), to jointly develop an Asia-Pacific network capable of providing city-to-city connectivity.

The C2C Cable Network is a submarine network linking Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore. The companies say this network will be the most extensive in the region and have ultimate capacity of 7.5 terabits per second by the fourth quarter of 2001.

Through this relationship, valued at approximately US$800, 360networks will have two fiber pairs as well as back haul capacity from landing sites to points of presence (POPs) in major Asian cities on the C2C Cable Network.

360networks and its partners are currently exploring a variety of ways to provide transpacific connectivity, including the development of a transpacific submarine cable. If developed, the cable would connect with the C2C Cable Network; C2C has agreed to commit more than $200 million to its development.W

UNIQUE BROADBAND INSTALLS SYSTEMS IN RUSSIA

Unique Broadband Systems, Inc., Concord, ON, has announced the installation of five MMDS (Multipoint Multichannel Distribution Service) transmission systems in the Russian cities of Yakutsk, Moldova, Ryazan, Vladisvostok and Langhepas. With these installations, UBS has now shipped and installed seven MMDS systems in Russia since April 1999.

“MMDS technology is experiencing tremendous growth in developing countries and in countries without an established cable infrastructure, as is the case with Russia and the surrounding countries,” said Alex Dolgonos, president and CEO of UBS. “It is a cost-effective method of delivering high-speed voice, video and data to consumers.” W

STREAM AND IBM GLOBAL SERVICES SIGN AGREEMENT

Toronto’s Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. has entered into an agreement with IBM Global Services to install telecom services in office buildings in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

Known as “Points of Presence”, or POPs, the installations will enable property managers to accelerate the provisioning of high-speed data connection services to their tenants. IBM will be responsible for designing and building fully functional POPs in the buildings that fall under this agreement.

The installed network will be fiber optic, wireless or a hybrid solution, depending on the needs of building tenants.W

EMERGIA SELECTS NORTEL FOR INTERNET IN LATIN AMERICA

Emergia, the Miami, Florida-based Telefonica subsidiary that is building Latin America’s first broadband submarine cable network, has selected Brampton, Ontario’s Nortel Networks as an optical networking supplier.

Nortel will supply the terrestrial segments for Emergia’s broadband network, which will link the entire continent by seamlessly connecting Latin America, the United States and the Caribbean. Emergia’s network will span more than 23,000 terrestrial and submarine kilometres, connecting Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Florida. The first phase of the network is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year.

Emergia will deploy Nortel’s OPTera portfolio, including the Long Haul 1600 Optical Line System, which can deliver 1.6 terabits per second on a single fiber. W


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