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New investments in internet services in Greece September 9, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Internet & Web.

Craig Wireless is launching “Internet Everywhere” services in Greece using a Nortel solution. The new WiMAX commercial network will deliver high-speed services such as VoIP, videoconferencing and interactive gaming to areas that currently have limited or no access to broadband service.

The first phase network roll-out is expected to be completed by the end of October 2006.

Initially Craig Wireless will cover the four major cities of Athens, Heraklion, Patras and Thessaloniki, and expand to other cities and areas throughout Greece in 2007.

UNINORTEL is reportedly providing the WiMAX-ready solution for Craig Wireless that will be powered by Nortel’s (News – Alert) WiMAX product in the 3.5 GHz band.

“This important first project in Greece with Craig Wireless is a great example of how Nortel’s WiMAX products can be used to deliver broadband access in metropolitan areas without the cost and disruption of laying down cables or upgrading local exchanges,” said Michel Clement, president Southern Europe, Nortel in a press release.

He continued: “And, when Craig Wireless decides to extend service into more rural areas, the Nortel solution can be cost-effectively extended to reach new cities and villages across Greece connecting more users with the Broadband WiMAX network.”

The Canadian telecom giant Nortel Networks Corp. is using its wireless and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) technology to spearhead a push into the European communications market.

Mike Zafirovski, Nortel president and chief executive officer, said Wednesday that his company has signed several new deals — in Britain, Greece, Switzerland and Russia — that he hopes will pave the way for more sales in Europe.

“We will drive simple and effective convergence,” he announced in London, referring to Nortel’s strength in communications technology. “The bandwidth glut left by the internet bubble bursting has disappeared and we clearly see the opportunity for next-generation optical and backbone transport networks.”

Nortel is using the flag “Business Made Simple” as part of a marketing strategy for the European market that will focus on three areas:

Mobility and Convergence.
Enterprise Transformation.
Services and Solutions.

Nortel’s goals are ambitious. In the Mobility and Convergence area, Zafirovski said: “We aim to capture the video explosion and, with IMS [a system for sending audio and video over data networks], ensure next-generation convergence services become a reality at an affordable price point.”

With Enterprise Transformation, Nortel aims to tie communications systems more tightly to the software that runs businesses. “We will … re-invent voice and further blur the lines between IT and telephony,” he promised.

With Services and Solutions, Nortel wants to offer customers “powerful bundles and integration capabilities, freeing customers to integrate and manage as much or as little of their network as they want.”

Nortel said it has signed deals in all three areas.

In the Mobility and Convergence area, Golden Telecom is expanding its Russian optical network to increase its voice and broadband services across the region, while Comcor Group will provide Nortel VoIP and broadband services to residents of Moscow.

In Greece, Craig Wireless intends to roll broadband services across Athens and three other major Greek cities.

In the field of Enterprise Transformation, Britain’s Telegraph Group of newspapers is equipping its reporters with anytime, anywhere communications through internet-based communication tools, while the Economist Group of magazine publishers is setting up an internet system to allow its editors and analysts to communicate more effectively.

And with Services and Solutions, Switzerland’s Swisscom has launched a business VoIP service that uses Nortel technology.

For more information, visit > http://www.nortel.com or http://www.craigwireless.com

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