Monday, August 22, 2005

KT Selects Sycamore/Siemens for Nationwide Optical Backbone

KT has selected Siemens Communications and Sycamore Networks to deliver a state-of-the-art optical switching solution that will be part of a nationwide backbone network across Korea designed to support a variety of next-generation voice and high-speed data applications.

The deployment will include Sycamore's SN 16000 intelligent optical switching systems, the Universal Service Card (USC), a modular interface card that supports SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 10 GigE services, and SILVX Network Management System.

Sycamore has a global strategic alliance with Siemens. The optical switching solution will be provided via this alliance and as part of an agreement between KT and Siemens' indigenous partner KDnet. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Earlier this year, KT started offering Triple Play service in the Seoul area supported by the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP). KT selected Cisco as its strategic vendor for its new optical backbone plan on December 2004. As part of the initial deployment of the network, Cisco has completed the first service trial of KT's 2.5-Gbps/10-Gbps MSPP project, which is a part of a new 5-year plan to deploy an optical transport system infrastructure to service KT's customer base with multiple advanced services. This service trial involved deploying Cisco ONS 15454 SDH to cover regional nodes in the Seoul metropolitan area and international nodes for this multiservice integrated transport network project. Millinet, one of Cisco's system integration partners, has been a key contributor for this project.

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