Ericsson signs IP network transformation agreement with Broadnet. At first stage of the agreement, which spans five years, 125 metro rings will be upgraded. The transformation project is expected to lower Broadnet’s opex and enable faster time-to-market for new services.

Broadnet, the leading Norwegian provider of fiber-based data communication, has signed a five-year network transformation agreement where Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) will supply IP routing, optical and microwave solution. The current agreement extends a long-term partnership that started in 2006.

The scope of the contract requires Ericsson to provide Broadnet with a broad portfolio of products and services to ensure a cost-effective and robust network ready to handle current and future market needs. The first stage of the project will cover the upgrade of the 125 metro rings in Norway. Transforming the infrastructure will allow the operator to simplify network management, enjoy less opex and faster time to market for new services.

Per-Morten Torvildsen, CTO Broadnet: “Our network is constantly evolving and we are always seeking advanced tools for improving the efficiency and quality of our services. Our transformation endeavors were primarily focused on simplifying the network. To this end, we decided to reduce the number of vendors from 22 to three. Ericsson was chosen based on the solid mix of own and partner products and the ability to deliver a wide range of professional services. We expect that transformation will allow us to lower operational costs while meeting the growing demand for high-speed services.”

Aksel Aanensen, Head of Ericsson Norway: “We are happy to continue our long-term partnership with Broadnet and proud to be selected as one of very few vendors for the network transformation. We look forward to supporting Broadnet in meeting its goals to achieve a simple and robust network with advanced services now and in the years to come.”

For the transformation of the IP metro rings, Ericsson will combine its IP expertise with industry-leading and future-proof products like the Ericsson SSR 8000 family and MINI LINK portfolio. These platforms provide scalability in multiple dimensions like throughput, signaling and ability to add high-touch applications. Besides transformation of the IP metro rings, these platforms will also enable Broadnet to add current and future revenue-generating applications.

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