Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ericsson Builds Optical Transport in Costa Rica

Ericsson has signed a five-year contract with cable television operator CableTica to build and operate an optical transport network in Costa Rica specifically optimized to handle the needs of next-generation mobile networks.
Ericsson will also manage the new network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The new, state-of-the-art optical network is based on Ericsson's MHL 3000 and OMS 1400 optical platforms. The network will enable CableTica to transport any kind of data -- including television, internet and mobile backhaul -- and also allow for future implementation of IPTV services. Further, CableTica will be able to offer services -- such as digital television, video-on-demand and data services -- in more areas of Costa Rica.

The deal, signaling the opening of Costa Rica's telecommunications market, is Ericsson's first cable television deal in Central America and Caribbean. CableTica is expected to launch the new service shortly.