Layer 2 names Siemens for multimillion-dollar Asian deal

Siemens Australia has won a "multimillion dollar" contract to supply the optical networks, edge routing, andoperational and technical support solutions for wholesale IP services provider in Asia, Layer 2 Communications(Layer 2).

The agreement between Siemens and Layer 2, an initial party to the Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN 2), willinvolve Siemens supplying the equipment and support required to roll out Layer 2's network.

The rollout will see initial points of presence spanning five countries, including Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong,Japan and the US.

David Huck, general manager, optical networks, Siemens said the roll out of Layer 2's network will be fairlyparallel between the five countries initially, and will start in the fourth quarter this year.

Layer 2 will establish a network operations centre in Perth with engineering testing capabilities in October 2001.

This will be followed by the introduction of point-to-point leased bandwidth services and international privateleased services using Synchronous Digital Hierachy (SDH) technologies.

Layer 2 claims the company's equity position in APCN 2 matches that of major carriers in the region such as StarHuband Telstra. The cable will connect 10 cities in Asia, extending from Singapore, to Korea and Japan, and isscheduled to be operational in October 2001 with an initial capacity of 160Gbit/sec, progressively reaching itsdesign capacity of 2.5Tbit/sec by the final quarter of 2004.

Siemens will supply Layer 2 with a turnkey solution across the five countries making up its network, as well asoperational and technical support and a network operations centre in each country.

The initial network will consist of Siemens Series 4 SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy), SMA (synchronousmultiplexer add/drop) 16 Add Drop Multiplexers, and Unisphere Networks ERX - 1400 EdgeRouters.

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