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New light shines through European optical network

BICS, Nokia Siemens Networks achieve 40Gbps on legacy fiber network

(PresseBox) (Espoo, ) BICS has successfully conducted trials of 40 Gigabit-per-second (40G) optical transmission technology over its existing fiber network between Zurich and Frankfurt. Using Nokia Siemens Networks' new 40G transponders, the trials demonstrated how operators can maximize their investment in legacy fiber networks that were previously unable to support high transmission capacity.

"We have always been able to expand capacity and reach of our existing network, thanks to our strong partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks. While we have been steadily evolving our networks to newer 40G technology, there were certain parts of our network, based on legacy fiber, that were proving extremely difficult to transition*," said Patrick George, senior vice president, Product Management & Marketing, BICS. "The current successful tests have proven that Nokia Siemens Networks' solution can enable us to move to 40G using our legacy network as well as prepare for making a transition to 100G. Deploying 40G transponder based on CP-QPSK modulation format is yet another example of how Nokia Siemens Networks and BICS are building together one of Europe's most advanced networks. This new technology reduces equipment costs for us, ultimately passing on the benefits to our customers."

"Growing smart device use and increased adoption of always-on services require higher network capacity," said Christian Huber, head of optical network sales across West and South Europe at Nokia Siemens Networks. "As a 'carriers' carrier', BICS is required to address these demands, while optimizing its existing and future network investments. With our industry-leading 40G equipment, we will help the operator to keep costs under control while ensuring seamless migration to high-capacity networks."

Nokia Siemens Networks has deployed its market leading** SURPASS hiT 7300 and hiT 7500 Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) systems to BICS' pan-European international network called PEN4Future, which stretches from London to Milan, and from Amsterdam to Marseille.

Based on CP-QPSK modulation format, the company's new coherent detection 40G transponder***, uses the operator's installed DWDM network infrastructure to transition to 40G technology (40G and 4 X 10G) without the costly and time-consuming fiber measurement currently required for other systems.

Video of Nokia Siemens Networks' enhanced DWDM transmission by CP-QPSK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xecr9G4eLmY

About BICS

BICS delivers best in class global solutions for Voice, Messaging, Roaming, Connectivity and Mobile Financial Services to hundreds of telecommunication providers around the world.

With our passionate and creative teams located in Brussels, Bern, Monaco, Dubai, Singapore and New York, we continuously strive to provide our customers with the highest levels of quality, reliability and interoperability that enable them to maximise End-user value.

Our innovative approach is visible through our place at the forefront of the market consolidation and technology advancement. We are a joint venture of Belgacom, Swisscom and MTN, and have rolled out transformative Next Generation Networks (NGN). This together with our continued focus on Value Added Services for Mobile Operators and our growth strategy has enabled us to reach a world-leading position both on the International Voice and Mobile Data markets.

For more information, please visit: www.bics.com

Nokia Siemens Networks

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