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LG-Nortel 40G Solution Quadruples SK Broadband’s Network Capacity


Simple Network Card Swap Boosts Existing Bandwidth to Meet Exploding Demand

SEOUL - South Korea’s second-largest broadband provider, SK Broadband, has boosted its network capacity with a 40G optical solution from LG-Nortel that will help it meet rapidly increasing demand for high-bandwidth services like IPTV and HD videoconferencing. LG-Nortel is a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT ].

SK Broadband, which operates an extensive fiber-optic network across South Korea, needed a way to increase network capacity for delivering new services rapidly and cost-effectively. LG-Nortel’s 40G optical technology provided an easy, cost-optimized solution without installing additional cable, enabling SK Broadband to quadruple the capacity of its current 10G network simply by swapping its existing fiber-optic interface cards with new cards.

The upgrade boosts SK Broadband’s maximum capacity fourfold without affecting the stability and configuration of its existing network. Thanks to LG-Nortel’s innovative 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine technology, SK Broadband also has a simple upgrade path for boosting capacity a further 2.5 times in the future. This ensures ample capacity as Koreans embrace Hyperconnectivity , the new era of communications in which everything that can be connected to the network, is connected.

“High-definition video consumes 10 times the bandwidth of normal video, and carriers are scrambling to deliver it to customers cost-effectively,” said Keun Lee, senior vice presidentof Carrier Networks, LG-Nortel. “LG-Nortel’s 40G technology not only quadrupled SK Broadband’s capacity but it did so without requiring it to modify its existing network. One of the key drivers behind the current take up of 40G technology is the economics. Delivering capacity using 40G is more cost-effective than delivering the same capacity using multiple 10G solutions. The savings can be up to 40 percent when SK Broadband takes into account both OPEX and CAPEX savings.”

“Hyperconnectivity has become the driving force in Korean telecommunications, requiring carriers to provide blistering speeds and full-service networks,” said Lee. “Our innovative Dual Polarization QPSK technology offers the world’s most cost-effective Internet backbone upgrade, allowing SK broadband to boost its speeds without having to change its network at all. This is a boon for carriers utilizing third-party terrestrial and submarine services, who now have a clear upgrade path to 100G connectivity even if they don’t own the fiber-optic cables themselves.”

SK Broadband now has 3.52 Tbps of bandwidth (88 x 40G wavelengths) using Nortel’s 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine , a plug-and-play solution that is deployable over any fiber-optic network, offering nonregenerated reach greater than 2000 km, and providing a clear upgrade path to future 100G speeds. This capacity provides headroom for carriers racing to meet the exploding demands of Hyperconnectivity and multimedia services like multi-channel IPTV and high-definition videoconferencing.

About LG-Nortel

LG-Nortel is a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel. Established in 2005, LG-Nortel provides leading-edge telecommunications equipment and network solutions, spanning wired and wireless technologies, to service provider and enterprise customers in Korea and around the world. LG-Nortel is also actively developing next generation solutions for global markets, with over 1,000 skilled R&D engineers currently focused on wireless broadband technology evolution and the development of powerful new product lines. For more information on LG-Nortel, visit .

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world’s most critical information. Our next-generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises, span access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications, and help eliminate today’s barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people with information. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at . For the latest Nortel news, visit .

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