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SKT inks network capacity upgrade deal with NSN

14 Jun 2011

South Korea’s largest mobile network operator in terms of subscribers, SK Telecom (SKT), has called on Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to provide optical network equipment aimed at increasing network capacity. Under the terms of the deal between the two companies NSN will deliver its hiT 7300 dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) platform to SK Telecom as the cellco looks to boost network capacity four-fold to 40Gbps transmission, while also preparing its network for the transition to 100Gbps capacity in the future. Commenting on the deal, Paul Tyler, head of NSN’s Asia-Pacific region operations, said: ‘[South] Korea is one of the most advanced broadband markets in the world, and is home to a vast number of growing smart device users. As data traffic continues to surge in this country, operators are considering plans for terabit optical transport networks or 100Gbps … NSN has over 100 DWDM customers around the world and utilises its technology leadership to ensure a superior end-user experience for SK Telecom customers.’ No financial details of the agreement have been disclosed.

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