Norwegian broadband provider Broadnet has inked a five-year network transformation agreement with Sweden’s Ericsson under which the latter will supply IP routing, optical and microwave solutions. With this latest agreement extending a long-term partnership between the two companies, which dates back to 2006, the new contract requires Ericsson to provide Broadnet with a broad portfolio of products and services to ensure a cost-effective and robust network ready to handle current and future market needs. The first stage of the project will cover the upgrade of the 125 metro rings in Norway, and it has been claimed that transforming the infrastructure will allow Broadnet to simplify network management, while reducing operational expenditures and shortening the time to market for new services.
Per-Morten Torvildsen, Broadnet’s chief technical officer, said of the development: ‘Our network is constantly evolving and we are always seeking advanced tools for improving the efficiency and quality of our services. Our transformation endeavours were primarily focused on simplifying the network. To this end, we decided to reduce the number of vendors from 22 to three. Ericsson was chosen based on the solid mix of own and partner products and the ability to deliver a wide range of professional services. We expect that transformation will allow us to lower operational costs while meeting the growing demand for high-speed services.’