Telefónica Deutschland is upgrading its network into one of the largest alternative broadband infrastructures in the German market. To this end, Telefónica has awarded Siemens Communications a contract to expand its innercore backbone.
Siemens has supplied M- and T-series routers from Juniper Networks and Metro Ethernet switches from Extreme Networks and integrated them in the carrier’s backbone network at the locations Frankfurt, Berlin and Düsseldorf.
Siemens will also maintain a service organization to support Telefónica's network operation in ensuring the constant availability of the network. With the expanded network, Telefónica is equipping itself in Germany to serve growing numbers of users with a highly resilient infrastructure, offering internet providers high-quality broadband services such as Voice over IP, and in the future also IPTV and video on demand.
Siemens and Juniper Networks integrated the new components into the network of Telefónica Deutschland, a specialist for internet-based data and telecommunication services, with Siemens guaranteeing the security and availability of the expanded network through its technical service. The backbone network services have initially been contracted for three years. Juniper supplied the routing platforms and will be a partner to Siemens in the area of service. The new Metro Ethernet switches come from Siemens’ partner Extreme Networks.
With the expanded backbone, Telefónica is equipping itself, among others, to serve growing numbers of broadband service users. The operator plans to supply more than 1,500 cities and towns with the high-speed internet technology ADSL2+ by mid-2007, meaning that the company will reach around 60 percent of all German households.
The company's platform is targeted primarily at internet service providers and carriers that do not have a network of their own or lack full coverage in Germany. They can now offer their customers differentiated products in the fields of DSL, data and telephony services, and in the future also triple play or video on demand. As part of the first phase of its network expansion, Telefónica signed cooperation agreements with almost all major internet service providers last year and is also, among others, supporting O2 Germany in its entry into DSL business.