Taiwanese full-service telco Chunghwa Telecom has contracted Swedish technology provider Ericsson for the supply of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADM). Chunghwa says this is the first contract it has awarded for its five-year ROADM plan, part of its Optical Era Project. ‘ROADM is a crucial part of our Multimedia on Demand offering and future core network development in our Optical Era Project,’ said Tzu-Han Huang, vice president of the operator…We therefore applied a lengthy and thorough technical evaluation and ten-month-long product-testing process to select a vendor.’ According to Ericsson, its Marconi MHL 3000 DWDM platform, with ROADM capability, will significantly boost network speed and performance, enabling up to 80 channels with up to 40Gbps capacity per channel. The use of new features, including wavelength selective switching (WSS), advanced automation and network management, are aimed at helping Chunghwa keep its operational costs at a competitive level in the long term, while MHL 3000 is designed to be easily upgraded and expanded as the need for network capacity grows. Ericsson plans to start implementation ‘soon’ with local systems integration partner TECOM.