Nokia, CommTel expand Pacific broadband

Nokia network reseller CommTel Network Solutions Australia will establish a new market for Nokia, having signed an agreement to supply broadband DSL solutions and related services to Telecom Cook Islands Ltd.

Deliveries to the Pacific-based operator will begin this month, and the system will be up and running during March this year. The contract follows a similar agreement with Solomon Telekom in December 2004. 

The Nokia D500 IP Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) was chosen for faster Internet access because it is claimed to deliver exceptional integrated IP functionality. For example, it supports the latest DSL standards such as ADSL2+ G (for increased bandwidth ) as well as existing ATM-based DSL services. 

One further claim made for the D500 DSLAM is that with IP multicasting capability and telephony utilising fixed-to-mobile convergence standards, D500 provides residential homes and businesses access to video, voice and data services, on phones, PCs, TVs and mobile devices. 

"Having initially launched Internet services in 2003, Telecom Cook Islands is now able to migrate customers from our existing ATM network to the benefits that IP provides for multimedia services," believes Robert McFadzien, Manager, Information Systems, Telecom Cook Islands. 

Alf Kysenius, Sales Director, Networks, Nokia, considers the contract "a milestone in our sales channel structure, highlighting the effectiveness of our collaborators in offering Nokia broadband solutions. As utilities, authorities and operators move towards IP-based networks, the Nokia D500 extends the portfolio of Nokia narrowband and Nokia microwave radio solutions." 

* CommTel Network Solutions Pty Ltd is based in Melbourne, Australia , and provides design, engineering and integration of advanced telecoms to carrier and dedicated networks customers in the Oceania and APAC Regions. Core expertise is new and advanced DSL and optical fibre transmission technologies to the carrier, power utility, oil and gas, and transport markets. 

** Telecom Cook Islands Ltd (TCI) is the sole provider of telecoms in the Cook Islands . It is a private company owned by Telecom New Zealand (TNZ) Ltd (60%) and the Cook Islands Government (40%) and has operated since July 1991. 

*** Solomon Telekom Company Limited is a joint venture company whose share are held by Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (51%) Cable & Wireless plc of the UK (41.9%) Investment Corporation of the Solomon Islands (7.1%).

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