3Com, Cisco, HP, Nortel Sign Up for Broadband Rollout

Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) on Friday announced an agreement to develop broadband service with 3Com, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Nortel Networks.

HKBN, a wholly owned subsidiary of City Telecom (HK) will invest HK$830 million ($A175 million) in developing its broadband network over the next three years. Four-fifths of that amount will be invested in acquiring technology and equipment, the company said in a statement. This infrastructure should enable it to offer broadband access to some 70 percent of Hong Kong's population in three years, the statement said.

HKBN selected the four companies because it felt the technology on offer was cost-effective as well as scalable, the company said in the statement.

The project will use 3Com's HomeConnect cable modems, Hewlett-Packard's NetServer family of servers and Nortel's Reunion wireless access system to connect customers to the local network. The core network infrastructure will be supplied by Cisco.

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