French alternative operator neuf Cegetel says it has selected Cisco’s Internet Protocol Next Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture to transform its network to deliver both residential and corporate IP services over the next three years. The operator, one of the largest competitors to France Télécom in the domestic market, has continued to expand its customer base. It currently serves four million residential customers, including 2.3 million broadband customers, and has connected more than 148,000 business customer sites. neuf’s residential network currently comprises around 200 points of presence (POPs) connected to around 1,200 central offices across France. The company also operates its own national network infrastructure, comprising nearly 45,000 kilometres of optical fibres, and has invested heavily in the rollout of its DSL access network. neuf Cegetel is already using Cisco IP NGN 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology in the broadband aggregation network to support the delivery of residential quadruple-play services – internet access, telephony, IPTV including video on demand (VoD), and mobility over ADSL services.
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