French open access network operator Covage has selected Ericsson of Sweden to supply it with a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to end users, local and regional governments and estate owners. Under the deal, Ericsson will supply active and passive equipment for its fibre-optic networks as well as associated operator support services. The first deployment in the Angouleme region in southwest France is already underway. No financial terms were disclosed. ‘Covage’s choice centres on the Ericsson EDA 1500 – the high-density all-IP Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) platform that efficiently manages fibre-optic networks and the traffic volumes associated with the explosion of broadband, IPTV and other multimedia services as well as enterprise services. The solution also comprises SmartEdge IP routers from Ericsson, which have already been adopted by several operators in France,’ said Franck Bouetard, president of Ericsson France.
Created in 2006 following the merger of VINCI Networks AXIA NetMedia Corporation, Covage designs, builds and operates open access telecoms networks. Acting as the single point of contact for local and regional governments and property management agencies, its networks are open to all service providers in a neutral and non-discriminatory basis. Initially focused on the enterprise market, Covage has now made its open access network available to residential users.