NEC Corporation, a provider of microwave and optical solutions, has announced that Pannon, the second largest mobile operator in Hungary and a subsidiary of Telenor, has chosen NEC to build a national optical transport network.
The contract will see NEC providing Metro WDM equipment from Transmode to Pannon’s national network in Hungary and supplying design and operational support services.
In the last two years, Pannon has seen a rapid increase in data traffic on its network from bandwidth hungry mobile services and applications. NEC’s optical solution is optimized for data traffic and can also handle important legacy voice traffic. The new optical network across the country maximises the capacity of existing infrastructure and can be upgraded from coarse WDM to dense WDM working on either a single fibre or a fibre pair. This can accommodate capacity from STM-4, STM-16, up to gigabit Ethernet channels using the iWDM solutions from NEC’s partner, Transmode.
NEC has been a strategic supplier to Pannon for over a decade, providing various technologies including a network platform. NEC was chosen because of its leadership in network design and strong service capabilities, recognized track record of quality and reliability and the scalability and modularity of the TM-Series in conjunction with the industry leading functionality included in the iWDM solutions.
Said Gyorgy Koller, CTO of Pannon: “In a competitive marketplace, telecom operators like us must invest in the most cost effective and reliable network infrastructure to meet increasing bandwidth demand, both now and in the future. We have therefore recognised that NEC, along with Transmode’s iWDM solution, saves us operational costs, scales well and allows us to future proof our network. NEC and Pannon have worked successfully together in the past and NEC has the ability to provide transmission for access and core over both fibre and wireless under one simplified management platform. We are very pleased with our relationship and hope it continues to thrive.”