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Nortel Wins Global Crossing Contract

[June 15] Nortel Networks announced Thursday that it has secured a contract with Global Crossing to supply technology for Europe's first metropolitan, ring-based network using dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) fiber.

Nortel Networks says it has entered into a consortium agreement with European project management group MKI to construct the network, commencing with London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Wim Huisman, chief executive officer, Global Crossing Europe, said the demand for high-speed bandwidth in metropolitan areas required a solution such as Nortel Networks' OPTera Metro, which can split light into 160 channels, each with a different wavelength or color. The result is a network that can be scaled to more than one terabit per second capacity.

"We will work in a strategic partnership with Nortel Networks to ensure the network will be operational in record time," added Huisman.

Once the network is in place, Global Crossing will be able to connect directly to its customers, cutting out the costs incurred when connecting via other operators. One advantage of this direct linkage is a reduction in the time to market for introducing new services -- a significant benefit, according to Global Crossing's management.

Pascal Debon, president Service Providers Solutions, Europe, for Nortel Networks, said the focus was on scalability, flexibility and transparent architecture.

"Our cost-effective, data-centric optical solutions will enable Global Crossing to deliver new high-bandwidth metro services across Europe," said Debon.

Nortel Networks optical systems already carry over half of Europe's Internet traffic. According to figures released by research firm Dell'Oro, Nortel Networks leads the high-performance optical market with a 71.1 per cent share of the DWDM metro sector.