12/9/2003 - Ericsson and Saunalahti Group Oyj, a Finnish operator that offers Internet and telecommunications services, have signed a contract for delivering Ethernet DSL Access equipment and related support services.
Saunalahti is building their own broadband access network to selected locations in Finland to provide more competitive service offering to the Finnish consumers.
The ADSL connections will be delivered using Ericsson's ultra-compact and scalable Ethernet DSL Access solution which offers a broadband network with low cost of ownership and excellent scalability.
"We are entering a new phase for delivering broadband access to Finnish consumers with a next generation IP DSLAM," says Sami Lumpola, ADSL Product Manager of Saunalahti. "By choosing Ericsson we are well-prepared to challenge the established players in the Finnish market."
Ethernet DSL Access enables a high-capacity, non-blocking network architecture prepared for the growing number of capacity demanding services.
"We are pleased that Saunalahti sees the business opportunities that Ethernet DSL technology adds to traditional ADSL service offering," says Janne Laitala, Sales Director of Ericsson Finland.
Deliveries will start immediately.
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About Saunalahti Group Oyj
Saunalahti Group Oyj focuses on two business areas: Internet and operator activities in Finland and international mobile entertainment. In Finland, the Group offers Internet and telecommunications services for consumer customers and small companies under the brand name Saunalahti and for large and medium-sized companies under the brand name EUnet Finland. The Saunalahti unit's business operations are divided into four product lines: Internet services, GSM services, telecom services, and domain and hosting services. In addition to Internet subscriptions, the EUnet Finland unit offers its customers server space services and data security solutions. The brand name Jippii is used in marketing the Group's international mobile entertainment services.
About Ericsson's Ethernet DSL Access Solution
Ericsson's Ethernet DSL Access - designed to allow operators achieve mass market DSL - offers a flexible, scalable and powerful IP DSLAM supporting installations ranging from a handful of subscribers to large site deployments.
The solution is designed without concentration in the DSLAM to ensure high-capacity throughput and no end-user limitations. By avoiding concentration in the DSLAM and connecting directly to an Ethernet aggregation network, the solution enables high bandwidth-demanding services to be supported, while at the same time reducing transport costs radically. This is a key advantage for an operator to secure their ability to compete in terms of price, bandwidth and service offering. Ethernet DSL Access dramatically alters the economics of rolling out DSL and enables operators to address potential broadband subscribers profitably.
Read more about Ericsson's Ethernet DSL Access at: www.ericsson.com/publicethernet
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