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Rogers to use Nortel VoIP gear in new digital phone service

Rogers Cable has selected Nortel Networks Ltd. as its primary softswitch vendor to support delivery of digital phon...


February 23, 2005  


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Rogers Cable has selected Nortel Networks Ltd. as its primary softswitch vendor to support delivery of digital phone service and other new voice and data services across its service areas. Rogers plans to begin launching Digital Phone service later this year.

Rogers passes 3.3 million homes in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and has 69% basic cable penetration of its homes passed.

“We have committed the resources and focused investments in this space to enable cable operators like Rogers to bring to market innovative new services that can enhance the human experience through communications,” said Dan Mondor, general manager of Nortel’s global cable solutions division.

Rogers Digital Phone service will leverage Nortel’s DOCSIS broadband cable network combined with its Communication Server (CS) 2000 Compact, a softswitch that is PacketCable-qualified in both North America (CableLabs) and Europe (Euro-Cable Certification Board).

Nortel will also provide Rogers with Nuera’s ORCA BTX-4K, a media gateway providing PacketCable-compliant trunking access to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

As part of the deployment, Rogers will use its optical transport network based on Nortel Optical Metro 5200s and Optical Metro 3500s for transport of voice traffic.