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Unitymedia Upgrades Its Network For New Multimedia Services With Nortel Solutions


Cable Network Gains Added Switching Capacities and Bandwidths for Triple-Play and Video-on-Demand
FRANKFURT, Germany - German cable network operator Unitymedia has extended its cable network with Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] technology to create higher bandwidth for integrated communications and entertainment. Unitymedia cable customers now have more bandwidth for TV, telephony and broadband Internet, with up to 32 Mbps available which is two times faster than before.

The North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse cable network operator is upgrading its network to offer more residential customers triple-play services with telephony, Internet and digital TV. Nortel optical technology is used to enable high-quality telephony, high-speed Internet and TV via a single cable connection. Unitymedia serves 4.7 million customers in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse with basic cable services, of which 376,000 customers use Internet services, 222,000 have a telephone connection via cable and 925,000 watch digital TV.

“Unitymedia’s choice of Nortel’s optical networking and carrier VoIP solutions is a good example of how operators recognize that our next-generation technology can give competitive advantage by cost-effectively providing the highest levels of flexibility for delivering new, higher bandwidth services,” said Wim te Niet, president, Central Europe, Nortel.

Unitymedia’s network extension is based on Nortel’s Communication Server 2000, an IP multimedia softswitch for network operators that supports SIP for VoIP telephony. Unitymedia has upgraded the network to a 10 Gbps resilient optical ring and uses Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 terminals that make more broadband available for bandwidth-intensive applications like video-on-demand and new multimedia services.
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