Moldova’s second largest broadband operator by subscribers, StarNet, has partnered with optical solution providers NEC Corporation of Japan and Sweden’s Transmode for the extension and improvement of its national fibre-optic network. StarNet’s optical infrastructure, known as ‘Fiber Link’, is centred in the capital Chisinau and stretches over 1,000km. Under the agreement, NEC managed the implementation of the new optical network, which is based on eight 10Gbps dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) channels, while Transmode deployed its TM-3000 system, which is configured to allow for significant expansion in transmission capacity as future demand grows. ‘The liberalisation of Moldova’s telecoms market is giving us new opportunities to develop competitive services for our customers,’ commented StarNet’s technical manager, Oleg Burlacu, adding: ‘As traffic demand is growing, the Transmode solution has presented us with the flexibility to meet both our current and likely future needs.’ Burlacu also revealed that in the near future the firm will expand the DWDM network between Moldova and Romania to carry many more 10GbE and SDH services over one system. StarNet also plans to deploy Transmode equipment for intra- and inter-city rings within Moldova.