Thursday, March 29, 2007

Australia's PowerTel Installs Nortel's Common Photonic Layer

Australia's PowerTel has deployed a 400 Gbps long-haul and metro network using Nortel's Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 and Optical Metro 5200 platforms. The newly deployed optical network will consolidate PowerTel's east coast infrastructure between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. Financial terms were not disclosed.

PowerTel is basing the network Nortel's Common Photonic Layer (CPL) technology, which delivers optical network intelligence through software monitoring and self optimization. Along with CPL, the long-haul and metro DWDM solution comprises Nortel's Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 platform, providing PowerTel with intelligent electronic dispersion compensation (eDCO). Nortel said this technology enables service providers and cable operators to deploy systems that span in excess of 2,000 kilometers while eliminating the need for additional signal amplification. The combination of CPL and eDCO allows PowerTel to consolidate multiple legacy long-haul systems onto a single platform and increase its available network capacity up to 400 Gbps between capital cities.

PowerTel will also deploy Nortel's Optical Metro 5200 in the Sydney Central Business District to provide a high capacity metro optical core for a range of business critical services.

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