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Neos picks Nortel to upgrade its UK optical backbone network, to directly carry Gigabit Ethernet traffic over DWDM channels
July 26, 2002
LONDON -- Neos, the UK's premier Ethernet Service Provider (ESP), has chosen Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT) (TSX:NT.) to upgrade Neosnet, its UK optical backbone network, to directly carry Gigabit Ethernet traffic over dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) channels. Neos' use of the high-density Ethernet transport capability on Nortel Networks OPTera Long Haul 1600 Optical Line System is expected to be the first operational deployment of its kind in the world. Nortel Networks and Neos plan to complete the Neosnet upgrade by the end of August 2002. The Gigabit Ethernet capability of OPTera Long Haul 1600 builds on Nortel Networks existing Optical Ethernet solution. OPTera Long Haul 1600 will position Neos to maximise data throughput, providing up to eight Gigabit Ethernet Services per wavelength. "This represents a natural evolution of Ethernet services in the wide area national network space, which will lead to a strong take up due to their plug-and-play nature," said Camille Mendler, director of European fixed telecoms services at the Yankee Group. "Such services are attractive to both large and small businesses looking not only for better price performance but also flexibility in their communications infrastructures." The upgraded Neosnet will position customers to leverage the ubiquity of Ethernet in enterprise networks, thereby minimising the number of routers that must be equipped with expensive WAN ports. Moreover, Neos' customers will be able to take full advantage of Neos' Liquid Bandwidth Ethernet, which provides soft-provisioned Ethernet bandwidth upgrades in increments from 1 megabit to 1 gigabit per second. Using its new Web site, Neos plans to offer on-line bandwidth orders with 48-hour delivery, a 96 percent improvement over the current 60-day delivery time. By leveraging Nortel Networks OPTera Long Haul 1600 to carry Ethernet traffic natively over DWDM, Neos customers will be able to benefit from a lower cost, "de-layered" infrastructure. OPTera Long Haul 1600 will also position Neos to provide greater reliability, higher throughput, and higher data integrity through a standardized transport mechanism in local, metropolitan and wide area networks. NeosNetworks Nortel Networks Corp.
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