Kabel NRW GmbH & Co. KG, Germany's largest cable operator, is taking on a huge project with the help of American companies Nortel and Scientific-Atlanta.
Kabel NRW wants to build one of the world's largest, two-way voice -over- IP networks. The goal is to upgrade the existing cable TV infrastructure to a single, cost-effective, next generation network for voice, video and data and position Kabel NRW to offer the benefits of reliable, high-speed Internet access, video- on-demand and IP telephony services to as many as 4.2 million homes.
Nortel will supply network infrastructure equipment including its Succession Communication Server 2000. In addition, the metropolitan ring structure will be built on Nortel Networks OPTera Metro. Scientific-Atlanta will supply its Prisma DT digital transport products and HFC optics over a three-year period. The 862 MHz, two-way system is expected to be operational by the end of 2003.
"The rebuilding of the cable systems in Germany over the next several years represents a very significant strategic opportunity," Paul Coxon, managing director, Europe, at Scientific-Atlanta, said in a statement. "This initial agreement with Kabel NRW in one of the nine former Deutsche Telecom properties is an important first step and sets the stage for additional involvement in the region."
Other consortium members include ADC, ALSTOM Anlagen-und Automatisierungstechnik GmbH, Scientific Atlanta Europe, TESSAG SAG-Abel and Kommunikationstechnik GmbH & Co. KG.