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December 19, 2011

O2 deploys NEC’s iPASOLINK

Supports high-definition streaming video, ultra high-speed data file transfer for a wide range of purposes

By CBR Staff Writer

Communications company O2 has deployed Japan-based IT company NEC’s flagship microwave backhaul offering, iPASOLINK, in the UK’s trial of next generation network LTE (Long-Term Evolution) or 4G.

The iPASOLINK incorporates packet, mi-crowave and optical technologies capable of large capacity delivery of gigabits-per-second throughputs and it ensures network operators can deploy high-performance, next-generation net-works including 4G LTE.

Under the trial, iPASOLINK supplies a resilient transmission link to LTE sites across London and it supports high-definition streaming video and ultra high-speed data file transfer for a wide range of purposes, including business and entertainment.

Approximately 1.7 million PASOLINK microwave communications systems for mobile backhaul have shipped throughout 145 countries, said NEC.

O2 LTE head Rob Joyce said LTE requires high performance and flexibly accessed links. iPASOLINK is helping to ensure a successful trial that will open the door to the next generation of mobile services.

NEC Europe Transport Networks head Gary Dodd said NEC is proud of the role iPASOLINK plays in this trial of next generation mobile networks.

"This highly evaluated series has already been widely adopted since its launch in September 2010, recently surpassing 125,000 shipments to nearly 119 operators across 63 countries within one year," said Dodd.

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