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September 12, 2007

Nortel and Silk Telecom Build Metro Ethernet Network in Australia

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Silk telecom announced Tuesday that the company will deliver carrier-grade security, resilience and quality to its business and government customers at cost-effective Ethernet prices with Australia's first Metro Ethernet network based on Nortel (News - Alert).

Valued over US$1million, the Silk network will feature Nortel's Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) and Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) technology. Using industry standard Ethernet the technology drives a radical change in the economics of carrier networks.
Thanks to PBT service providers like Silk can use Ethernet as the fundamental carrier-grade transport technology. Silk can thus deliver high-bandwidth services such as mission-critical business applications and full-streaming video at new levels of quality, savings and operational simplicity.
In 2007, Silk telecom built a new DWDM optical backbone network using Nortel’s innovative Common Photonic Layer (CPL) technology to support a wide range of high-speed managed services for customers in both metro and rural areas.
Simon Perkins, chief executive officer, Silk telecom explained that Nortel’s PBB/PBT enabled Metro Ethernet solution works seamlessly with their CPL backbone providing a fully integrated solution at a reduced level of cost and complexity when compared to other technologies. Silk telecom is thus able to differentiate themselves in the marketplace by providing more cost-effective services to their customers.
“ Previously, service providers had no choice but to use complex and costly transport technology to be able to offer high-bandwidth services to their customers,” said Mark Stevens, managing director, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel in a statement.
He continued: “The Metro Ethernet solution Nortel is providing Silk addresses these challenges and delivers on Nortel's promise of Business Made Simple. BT's decision to deploy PBT in its 21st Century Network demonstrates that other service providers are following our lead by moving to Ethernet for their metro networks.”
Silk telecom operates extensive optical telecommunications networks in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and key regional centers in South Australia and Victoria. It also has an established network presence in other major Australian cities.
Nortel delivers communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for their customers.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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