Dvcom Limited has awarded Nortel Networks [NYSE/TSX:
NT] a contract to supply a next generation network (NGN) for delivery of
high-quality national and international long distance (LDI) voice and
data services in Pakistan over a packetized network under a license
granted by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA). Nortel
Networks Global Services will plan, build and support the new network.
"This will be the first LDI network of its kind
in Pakistan," said Abdul Wassay, chief executive officer, dvcom.
"We will deploy 15 points of presence (POPs) including 14 in
Pakistan and one in the United Kingdom during our first year of
operation, improving network access for subscribers."
"We will be the first carrier in the country to
introduce such a broad and comprehensive range of highly desirable
voice, data and multimedia products and services to our customers in
Pakistan, based on world-leading Nortel Networks technology,"
Packet technologies converge multiple networks into
one by converting voice, video and data into tiny packets that can be
transmitted together over a single high-speed network. A packetized
network makes a wide range of new services possible and can
significantly reduce the per-minute cost of long distance
"Our packet-based solution is delivering
substantial benefits to existing and new long distance carriers around
the world because it helps lower transport and capital costs while
allowing operators to explore additional revenue opportunities enabled
by new value-rich voice and multimedia services," said Kamal Ahmed,
managing director, Pakistan, Nortel Networks. "There is tremendous
potential in this country's rapidly deregulating telecommunications
market, and we are committed to helping dvcom deploy its new packet
network and establish a strong presence among Pakistan's business and
Nortel Networks long distance packet solution for
dvcom well include Nortel Networks Succession* Communication Server (CS)
2000-Compact to provide voice over and data services nationally. It will
also include Nortel Networks Passport* Packet Voice Gateway (PVG) to
enable switched, carrier-grade telephony and data services for
international long distance customers.
Nortel Networks Succession CS 2000-Compact superclass
softswitch enables service providers to deliver the full suite of
traditional voice services for both businesses and consumers over a
packetized network with voice and data traffic sharing the same
communications lines to provide more efficient and cost-effective use of
existing transmission capacity.
Passport PVG provides a complete gateway to
world-class Internet telephony. Its powerful features enable voice and
data convergence, providing a rapid, low-cost path to the world of
packet switched networking. Offering advanced voice processing
functionality like voice compression, statistical multiplexing, silence
and fax idle suppression, Passport PVG can achieve up to 66 percent in
bandwidth savings, according to internal Nortel Networks studies, while
ensuring the same quality and reliability as traditional TDM network.
Dvcom is also deploying a Nortel Networks Multimedia
Communication Server (MCS) 5200 to enable hosting of advanced multimedia
and collaborative services, and a Prepaid Services Platform (formerly
known as Periphonics*) to provide a complete pre-paid calling solution.
Nortel Networks MCS 5200 is a carrier-grade Session
Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based media and applications server,
delivering advanced multimedia and collaborative applications through
the same commercially available hardware and open-standards software. It
transforms the way users communicate by enabling next generation tools
that improve productivity and facilitate ubiquitous access to
For the entire year 2003 and the first half of 2004,
Nortel Networks ranked #1 in the global markets for carrier packet voice
and softswitch revenue, according to Synergy Research Group (SRG). Over
the past year, Nortel Networks has also announced wins with major
carriers globlly including Verizon, Bell South, Bell Canada and Charter
in North America; Chungwha Telecom and Dacom in Asia Pacific, Cable
& Wireless and Telefonica in the Caribbean and Latin America and
Cable & Wireless, Telco Global, Telenet and THUS in Europe.
Dvcom Limited is a newly founded company in Pakistan
and it has licenses for Long distance, International and Nation wide
Limited mobility networks. Dvcom boasts a very experienced telecom team
and is backed by AKD securities, Pakistan's largest stock brokerage
As a global innovation leader, Nortel Networks
enriches consumer and business communications worldwide by offering
converged multimedia networks that eliminate the boundaries among voice,
data and video. These networks use innovative packet, wireless, voice
and optical technologies and are underpinned by high standards of
security and reliability. For both carriers and enterprises, these
networks help to drive increased profitability and productivity by
reducing costs and enabling new business and consumers services
opportunities. Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries.
For more information, visit Nortel Networks on the Web at
www.nortelnetworks.com or www.nortelnetworks.com/media center.