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NEC moves into Europe with Hungary contract win

  • 05 October, 2006 12:18

<p>Delivering on its plans to expand its footprint into Europe and playing a key role in NEC’s global strategy to expand its Next Generation Network (NGN) business, NEC Australia has secured a contract with Hungarian telecommunications carrier, GTS-Datanet.</p>
<p>The contract will see NEC Australia initially supply nine NEC AM Series DSLAMs followed by an additional 12 nodes to be delivered and installed by September this year.</p>
<p>NEC Europe’s branch office in Budapest has been supplying its microwave based products and services to GTS-Datanet for several years.</p>
<p>NEC Australia’s Managing Director, Toshiharu Iwasa comments that “NEC has a long standing relationship with GTS-Datanet. Our aim is to assist service providers to generate new revenue growth in the broadband services market. Working with GTS-Datanet on their DSLAM rollout was a natural next step in our partnership and fits with our plans to increase our footprint in Hungary and further into Central and Eastern Europe.”</p>
<p>GTS-Datanet is the Hungarian subsidiary of GTS Central Europe (GTS CE). GTS CE’s primary countries of operation are the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania with network extensions and local partnerships into the neighbouring countries of the Ukraine, Baltic States, Bulgaria, Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Moldova and Turkey.</p>
<p>One of the major objectives of the Hungarian carrier is to increase its share of Unbundled Local Loop (ULL) access substantially in the next one to two years and drive broadband subscriber growth by increasing their DSL port capacity to 30,000 in 2006.</p>
<p>GTS-Datanet’s Chief Executive Officer, Géza Szathmári comments that “our main aim is to grow our residential and corporate subscriber base. The footprint and flexibility of the NEC AM Series makes it well suited to the co-located ULL environment and its ability to drive new revenue streams attracted us to the solution.”</p>
<p>Broadband take-up is continuing to gather momentum in Hungary with the nationwide incumbent maintaining the lion share of overall broadband subscribers. Hungary’s national regulator (NCAH) reported 637,565 broadband subscribers in the first quarter of 2006 and broadband penetration of 7.5 per cent (by population).</p>
<p>Supporting Gigabit Ethernet, NEC’s AM31 Multi Service Access Platform is being supplied to GTS-Datanet. The AM31 Multi Service Access Platform, managed by Director, NEC’s Network Management System, has been ranked highly in interoperability tests with Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) from a wide range of vendors.</p>
<p>NEC Australia plans to extend the contract with GTS-Datanet into 2007 and work with the carrier, as well as other GTS CE subsidiaries to deliver value-added services such as IPTV and Operational Support System (OSS) integration.</p>
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<p>For media enquiries, please contact:
Lynn Hepple
Public &amp; Media Relations Manager
NEC Australia Pty Ltd
(03) 9264 3746
0411 563 907
lynn.hepple@nec.com.au
OR
Jody Harwood
Marketing &amp; Public Relations Assistant
NEC Australia Pty Ltd
(03) 9264 3989
jody.harwood@nec.com.au</p>
<p>About NEC Australia
NEC Australia is a provider of superior, affordable products, services and solutions to carriers, business, government and consumers. As a leader in the development of broadband and mobile communications technologies, NEC Australia’s strong sales and service focus has propelled the company to the forefront of a new era in communications. Through the provision of new technologies such as plasma displays, data projectors and high-speed broadband connections, NEC Australia also drives innovation into the home. Boasting the largest Research and Development facility in Australia, NEC’s commitment to innovation and continued expansion into export markets remains unrivalled. As well as undertaking leading R &amp; D in DSL technologies and third-generation (3G) mobile terminals, NEC Australia's broadband business, Nextep broadband, delivers business grade DSL services for SMEs, corporates and government. For additional information, please visit the NEC Australia or Nextep websites at www.nec.com.au and www.nextep.com.au.</p>
<p>About GTS-Datanet
GTS-Datanet Telecommunications Ltd. is the leading alternative telecommunications provider in Hungary, which offers a full scale of voice, data and Internet services for home and business customers.
GTS-Datanet is the Hungarian subsidiary of GTS Central Europe (GTS CE). GTS CE is a multi-layered infrastructure based provider of integrated telecommunications solutions for those countries of Central and Eastern Europe lying between Frankfurt and Istanbul. Using its own regional fiber network GTS CE provides fixed voice, data, IP (Internet Protocol), MPLS and broadband services primarily to business customers as well as services to other telecoms carriers, mobile operators and providers of content.
For more information please visit our website: www.gtsdatanet.hu</p>

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