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Powertel Launches New High apacity Solutions In Australia With Nortel


SYDNEY, Australia – Australian telecommunications carrier, PowerTel, has greatly enhanced the speed of its high-bandwidth services to customers in Australia, using innovative new technology from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT]. The ultra high-speed optical network – a 400 Gb long-haul and metro solution which was completed ahead of schedule – further boosts PowerTel’s competitive advantage as it rolls out new services and simplifies operations.
The newly deployed optical network will consolidate PowerTel’s east coast infrastructure between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. Based on Nortel’s innovative Common Photonic Layer (CPL) technology, PowerTel will now be able to provide customers with a service-agnostic platform to deliver large bandwidth, mission-critical applications across its inter-capital and metro ring network. The CPL solution delivers optical network intelligence through software monitoring and self optimization, providing PowerTel’s customers with continuous and reliable services.

“As a rapidly growing service provider we needed to simplify and improve our network infrastructure to meet the demands of high-speed, high-bandwidth services,” says Paul Broad, managing director, PowerTel. “Nortel provided a combination of future-proof technology and services that gave us a turnkey solution from planning to final implementation,” says Broad. “The new network sets us apart from other carriers with its high levels of speed and capacity.”

“Nortel implemented PowerTel’s first optical long-haul network in 1998 and this new project further strengthens our strategic relationship as the provider of choice for PowerTel’s long-haul network infrastructure,” says Mark Stevens, president, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel. “Nortel’s CPL solution is fundamental to ensuring PowerTel has a truly compelling offer to deliver resilient services to its customers,” says Stevens.

Along with CPL, the long-haul and metro DWDM solution comprises Nortel’s Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 platform, providing PowerTel with the next generation in optical technology by delivering intelligent electronic dispersion compensation (eDCO). This breakthrough 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 market-leading 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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