BT close to completing SDH-based European communications network

BT close to completing SDH-based European communications network
Alex Mayhew-Smith BT has announced that it is in the final stages of its long term strategy to provide the largest single European communications network. The company will install 7,000km of fibre, linking its network to those of six partners in Italy, Belgium, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany. The network will be based on the latest synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) technology, providing broadband communications and delivering 160Gbit/s. BT says that the network will be centrally managed from its European headquarters in Amsterdam and will consist of 32,000km of fibre. Alfred Mockett, president and CEO of BT Global, said that the network will lead to cost savings for the company and its partners. BT has also unveiled plans to install an optical fibre broadband communications network in Tokyo next year. The UK operator has applied to the Japanese government for a licence to offer international voice and data services to Japanese businesses.


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