Dutch telecommunication multi-services provider UNET has selected Nortel Networks to supply it with an ultra high speed internet system for homes and businesses across the Netherlands using a new Nortel Ethernet Access solution. UNET, a key player in the next generation IP networking and broadband service sector, focuses its efforts on the B2B and wholesale markets in the Netherlands. The company will use Nortel’s Ethernet Access solution, which uses Wave Division Multiplexing Passive Optical Network (WDM-PON) architecture, to solve the issue of bottlenecks in the last-mile by using the existing optical backbone and enabling multiple wavelengths to be carried over the existing optical fibre. UNET director of technology Ger Bakker said ‘We see the optimisation of UNET’s fibre-optics backbone network using Nortel’s Ethernet Access solution as essential to the future of broadband for these homes and businesses. Our plans include using UNET’s optical network to provide entire communities outside of major city centres with fibre-to-the-business infrastructures.’
UNET aims to deliver advanced Ethernet services for triple- or multi-play business customers and services for broadcast media and security such as camera and sound recording. UNET plans a phased rollout of next generation services beginning in 2009.