Scottish Telecom is to buy $145 million worth of fixed wire access equipment and services from Northern Telecom (Nortel) to help it expand into BT?s Scottish residential territory.
The regional telco announced last week it will compete head-on with BT in Scotland?s residential market. It will use Nortel?s Proxmity family of fixed wireless access products to serve homes and businesses in the region. Proximity uses radio rather than copper cable to link customers to public switched telephone networks. This replaces the need to dig up roads to lay cables. The range was designed by Nortel and the UK?s newest radio network operator, Ionica.
Rod Matthews, Scottish Telecom chief executive said: ?We have launched our services for residential customers, and fixed wireless access will play a significant role in enabling us to offer high-quality services to homes and small businesses throughout Scotland at industry prices.?
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