Impsat Deploys Nortel Next Generation Optical Technology in Latin American Network

Impsat Fiber Networks, Inc., a leading provider of private telecommunications network, data center and Internet services in Latin America, is enhancing its Latin American backbone infrastructure using next generation optical technology from Nortel

Nortel is currently implementing its Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500, a next generation optical convergence platform, to transform Impsat’s SONET/SDH network into a high-speed packet optical infrastructure through a smooth and scalable evolution path. The deployment is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2005.

“Nortel has helped us build our terrestrial network and infrastructure in Latin America,” said Matías Heinrich, executive vice president of networks, Impsat. “We needed a cost-efficient solution that would support our ‘IP Anywhere’ strategy, which includes high-speed connectivity of 10/100/1000 Ethernet services. Nortel’s OME 6500 fits very well within this strategy.”

“We continue our commitment to building and advancing telecom infrastructures that boost the competitive edge of regional businesses, powering commerce and ultimately enhancing the human experience in the region,” said Andrea Cavallari, managing director of Nortel in the Southern Cone. “Nortel’s industry leading optical convergence platform will help Impsat protect its key revenue source of existing telecom services while rolling out new ones on a converged network that can be scaled as needed to accommodate customer growth as well as future advanced voice and data services.”

Nortel has been working with Impsat since 1999, providing advanced solutions to help build and expand the terrestrial portions of the carrier’s pan-Latin American high-performance optical network.

Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 is a next generation optical convergence platform that blends multiple services and network layers (Layer 0, 1, 2) onto a single platform for significant capital and operating expense reduction, dramatic network simplification and cost-effective support of broadband services. OME 6500 has been deployed in more than 30 networks around the world, including Telesur, Internet2, Jiangxi Power and SURFnet.

Deployed in more than 1,000 customer networks in 65 countries, Nortel’s end-to-end optical networking portfolio includes next generation SONET/SDH, optical switching, wave division multiplexing and Optical Ethernet products. Nortel has deployed more than 290,000 optical network elements globally. Nortel was the market share leader in DWDM transport for the fifth year in a row as of year end 2004, according to the Dell’Oro Group.