PacketFront to deliver triple play services to DIC

The value of project has not been disclosed, though given the ongoing construction and development occurring in Dubai, PacketFront CEO Martin Thunman describes the opportunity as significant.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  September 5, 2005

PacketFront, the Stockholm-based provider of open access fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology and next generation broadband aggregation, has announced its selection by Dubai Internet City (DIC) to build the free trade zone’s triple play FTTH environment. DIC is a leading service provider in the UAE and provides both residential and business users with a range of IP based services. During a period of two years, DIC conducted a series of extensive tests and pilot projects in order to select the right technology for its FTTH environment. PacketFront's technology will provide DIC's customers with an extensive selection of triple play services, including TV, telephony and high-speed internet. The key component of PacketFront's technology is BECS, the service control and provisioning system. BECS enables operators to build and manage fully automated broadband networks with on-demand, self-provisioning functionality. This gives users the ability to increase capacity and change services for themselves, cutting out the delay of waiting for a third party to make the changes. For the DIC network, PacketFront is also supplying its series of Access Switching Routers. The value of project has not been disclosed, though given the ongoing construction and development occurring in Dubai, PacketFront CEO Martin Thunman describes the opportunity as significant. “FTTH has taken off in Europe and is also seeing interest in Japan and the US,” Thurman says. “Depending on how things develop over time, there may be a requirement for PacketFront to have a presence in this region and have a sales and support team based here,” he adds. In Kuwait meantime, French vendor Alcatel has been chosen by the State Ministry of Communications to supply a gigabit passive optical network solution that will serve about 60 % of the access areas involved in the present rollout. Alcatel’s solution will enable the MoC to offer triple-play services to subscribers via a fibre to the user architecture. As MoC’s strategic partner for this project, Alcatel will support the full end-to-end system integration for both the network and the service roll out. MoC’s access network will be gradually upgraded by replacing the existing copper access with a passive optical fibre infrastructure. Subscribers will benefit from Alcatel’s converged access infrastructure that enables the delivery of services like voice, high-speed internet, voice and multimedia over IP, and IPTV.

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