Thursday, February 26, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Wins 100 Mbps Fiber Access Project in Munich

M-net, a Munich-based regional network operator, has awarded a multi-million Euro contract to Alcatel-Lucent to deploy the first extensive fiber access network in Munich. In the future, additional Bavarian cities will be connected to M-net's high-speed access network that consists of a mixed fiber-to-the-building (FTTB)/fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) architecture. The network will support data rates of up to 100 Mbps and possibly higher in the future.

Alcatel-Lucent will begin installing in March 2009. Alcatel-Lucent's solution includes its GPON access platform - the Alcatel-Lucent 7342 ISAM FTTU - and is complemented by the Alcatel-Lucent 5520 AMS and Alcatel-Lucent 5529 OAD management products. For in-house usage, a range of Alcatel-Lucent optical network termination (ONT) units and residential gateways will be provided. For the FTTB piece, Alcatel-Lucent will rely on existing copper wiring in buildings, using so-called multi-dwelling unit ONTs to translate the optical signal into VDSL2.

According to the current expansion schedule, the Munich-based network is set to become the largest and most modern optical access network in Germany. Alcatel-Lucent noted that its FTTH and FTTB network architectures support an "Open Access" business model, allowing M-net to open up its high-speed access network to additional service providers.

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