February 23, 2012
Stockholm, Sweden – 23rd February 2012 – Transmode, a global supplier of packet optical networking solutions, today announced that Virgin Media has selected Transmode to be the preferred supplier for its national next-generation Metro Optical WDM deployments.
metro access solutions optimized for fast growing applications including mobile fronthaul and backhaul,
broadband aggregation, and business Ethernet services with Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) certification are now part of the Infinera Metro Business Group.
The new agreement for the supply of Metro Optical technology is the latest in a series of major Transmode wins with Virgin Media in recent years. In September 2011, Transmode signed a multi-year contract with Virgin Media to supply Ethernet-based mobile backhaul service delivery networks across the UK.
This new contract will see Transmode continuing to supply significant volumes of its TM-Series, but will expand Transmode’s current business with the UK-wide deployment of the next-generation Flexible Optical Networking solutions including Transmode’s range of ROADMs with advanced Network Management. The new agreement will see the deployment of Transmode’s Layer 2 Ethernet Muxponders, as included in the recently announced Mobile Backhaul contract.
Over the coming three years, the network enhancements will meet Virgin Media’s development objectives, including extending backhaul services and the wider deployment of high speed connectivity services.
Dan Hennessy, executive director, Technical Strategy and Architecture at Virgin Media commented, “Our advanced optical network is a vital part of the best-in-class user experience for all of our customers, whether business or residential. The new architecture delivers the scale required to accommodate growth and paves the way for Virgin Media to offer intelligent next-generation solutions in the connectivity space.
“Having carefully evaluated a range of suppliers to meet the needs of Virgin Media’s latest network enhancements, we have selected Transmode as it clearly demonstrated its superior technical and economical advantages in next-generation networks.”
Mark Burton, Regional Sales Director for the UK and Ireland at Transmode, added, “We are proud to have firmly established Transmode as a key strategic partner with Virgin Media for the future. We continue to grow our business with this significant customer and this latest win continues to reinforce the relationship between the two companies. Transmode continues to develop products that differentiate our customers’ networks. Our ability to consistently deliver what this customer needs is the key to Transmode’s frequent repeat business with Virgin Media.”
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About Virgin Media
Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK. The company delivers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 120Mb, and is expanding this cable network – the result of a multi-billion pound investment – to reach thousands more people across the country. Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households.
Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK which, when launched, was the world’s first such mobile phone service. It is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country. Virgin Media Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange (VMED). For more information, go to www.virginmedia.com.