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Eircom builds Irish national next-generation network with ADVA Optical Networking and Siemens


Incumbent carrier to create one of Europe’s leading IP over optical networks, converging voice, video and data services

December 6, 2006. Dublin, Ireland and Martinsried/Munich, Germany

ADVA Optical Networking and Siemens today announced a major contract with Eircom – the Republic of Ireland’s largest telecommunications carrier. This contract will create a national next-generation network to provide Eircom’s business and residential customers with a range of bandwidth-intensive applications, including Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), Voice over IP (VoIP) and triple play services, combining voice, video and data services in one bundle.

Eircom is the main provider of telecommunications services in Ireland, with approximately 1.6 million fixed-line telephone lines. To address the growing demand for high-capacity data services, Eircom will build an optical backbone spanning the length and breadth of the country, enabling networking speeds of up to 10Gbit/s. This next-generation network will enable more flexible, cost-effective delivery of business and residential services.

The nationwide network will be built through the cooperation of ADVA Optical Networking and Siemens. Using the ADVA FSP 3000 Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) system as its foundation, Eircom will be able to significantly scale network growth with demand and retain low capital expenditure costs by seamlessly adding new services when and where they are needed.

Brian P. McCann, chief strategy and marketing officer of ADVA Optical Networking commented, “Eircom is deploying our FSP 3000 in an architecture that will provide a very flexible and powerful optical foundation to deliver innovative new services to their customers. This will be a future-proof, forward-looking network.”

Conor Olden, business unit manager at Siemens added, “This is a significant investment by Eircom. Convergence is driving the network to new levels of intelligence, where a packet-based infrastructure is critical in an increasingly competitive market. The combination of Siemens’ transport and implementation expertise combined with best-in-class technology from ADVA Optical Networking’s robust platform creates a winning solution from which bandwidth-intensive network users in Ireland will benefit.”


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