Nokia lands broadband equipment supply contract

Tue, 07/09/2002 - 8:00pm
Susan Rush

Mobile operator Sonera is about ready to roll with its advanced service offering in Finland and is turning to Nokia for some broadband-access equipment.

Although financial terms of the deal were not released, Sonera plans to purchase the Nokia D500 multiservice access platform to enable the delivery of its consumer broadband service packages. Nokia also will provide technical support. Sonera chose the equipment because it will assist the company in reaching its goal of offering truly converged mobile and wireline service packages, according to a Sonera spokesman.

The Nokia D500 multiservice access platform is a high-capacity access node designed to enable service providers to migrate their multiple access networks to all-IP network architecture and offer fast Internet services cost efficiently, according to Nokia. The access platform can be deployed either in an ATM-based network, a hybrid ATM/IP-based network or in an all-IP-based network.

With the D500, carriers and service providers can introduce voice and multimedia services, including video-on-demand, Pay-per-View, interactive gaming, video-conferencing, real-time broadcast TV, interactive TV and streamed audio.

Although Sonera and Nokia have worked together in the past in the wireless and fixed network areas, this is the first time the companies have struck a broadband deal.


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