Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has become the latest telco to upgrade its network for corporate customers in a multimillion pound three-year project.
The operator will spend #400 million adding synchronous digital hierachy (SDH) technology to its network and overlaying this with ATM and IP. This will increase CWC?s bandwidth from 34Mbps and 155mbps to 600mbps and 2.5Gbps.
Most recently BT said it is to spend #300 million putting ATM on its broadband network.
Lance Spencer, director of business support at CWC?s corporate business unit, said the investment will enable it to offer new services such as desktop to desktop video conferencing and video and audio streaming. The time customers need to wait to receive extra bandwidth will also be axed from 30 days to hours.
?As more applications become available this continues to outstrip the amount of bandwidth available,? said Spencer, adding that the ratio for corporate users between voice and data services will shift from 70:30 to 95:5 in three years.
CWC also plans to move voice telephony from its traditional switches to the IP and ATM infrastructure so it can offer an integrated service. This could lead CWC offering Internet telephony in a closed environment. Said Spencer, ?If companies implement IP to carry data and video, it?s pointless having voice on a separate network. In three to five years, the cost of telephony will be small compared to data.?
Nortel will be the prime contractor for the project which will use ATM technology from Newbridge, and IP from Cisco.
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