NEC wins Mexico fiber network contract

NEC said Thursday it has won a contract to supply fiber-optic transmission equipment to Telefonos de Mexico SA de CV (Telmex) and hopes the deal will open doors to more business for it in the telecommunication sector in Latin America.

The Tokyo-based company said it has already supplied a 200G bps (bits per second) DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) system and an SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy) fiber optical system to Telmex for use in building a metropolitan area network in Monterrey, said Akiko Shikimori, a spokeswoman for NEC. The system was supplied through its local affiliate, NEC de Mexico.

"We have already supplied DWDM systems to North America, China, Japan, Europe and other regions but this is our first (DWDM) deal in Latin America," said Shikimori. "NEC has traditionally been very strong in the Latin America telecommunication market."

Hoping to benefit from the deal, NEC is already talking with carriers in the region about further sales and is promoting the system in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica, she said.

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