Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent Ethernet/MPLS

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), the largest telecommunications service provider in Taiwan, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's Ethernet/MPLS solutions for its fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) initiative. The new contract is part of CHT's "Optical Era Project," which involves an investment of approximately US$1.8 billion to construct an island-wide fiber optical network over a five-year period. The final goal of the project is to bring fiber optic connections to 2.4 million subscribers by 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will supply CHT with its 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS), a scalable Ethernet/MPLS aggregation solution. The expansion will equip CHT with higher network capacity and offer FTTB subscribers fast data transfer at the download speeds of 10Mbps, 50Mbps and 100Mbps for services including high speed Internet, IPTV and Virtual Private Networks.