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Telefónica in Germany Chooses Cisco to Expand Next Generation VoIP Network for Growth in Broadband Voice and Fixed-Mobile Convergence Market

Cisco Softswitch Solution over IP NGN Architecture Helps Telefónica to Build IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)- ready VoIP Network
May 16, 2006

VON Europe, STOCKHOLM, May 16, 2006 - Cisco Systems® today announced that Telefónica Deutschland GmbH is extending and upgrading its network for voice over IP (VoIP) services with Cisco® IP Next Generation Network (IP NGN) solutions featuring Cisco PGW softswitches and Cisco media gateways. The expanded network, delivered with Cisco partner, Dimension Data, will support the growth of wholesale and retail broadband voice services and help Telefónica to deliver new fixed-mobile converged services to consumers and business users.

Telefónica is one of the largest VoIP wholesale carriers in the German market, serving 30 national carriers and 160 Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The company is also extending its broadband network reach to offer 25 megabits per second ADSL2+ services to over 40 percent of German households by the middle of this year.

"Telefónica has achieved its leading position in the German market through an uncompromising focus on developing a world-class IP network for all services," said Martin Kütter, COO Telefónica Deutschland GmbH. "By working with Cisco to extend our voice network, we are staying one step ahead in the technology race. The Cisco Advanced Services team played an important role in the success of this implementation to deliver a stable network that supports our business needs."

The solution from Cisco is based on a distributed architecture of Cisco PGW 2200 Series Softswitches and Cisco AS 5350 Series and AS 5400 Series Media Gateways. It provides call control and interconnections for Telefónica's complete VoIP network with Class 4 transit functionality and Class 5 line-side functionality which will be extended in future through the integration with Ericsson softswitches within the Class 5 infrastructure.

"The accelerating demand for advanced broadband services has resulted in Telefónica deploying one of the largest distributed Cisco PGW networks we have implemented to date," said Michael Ganser, general manager and vice president, Cisco Systems Germany. "The project has involved an extensive virtual team from Telefónica, Dimension Data and Cisco, with resources from software development, Cisco Advanced Services through to the financing expertise of our Cisco Capital team."

About Telefónica Deutschland

Telefónica Deutschland GmbH is a major IP carrier in Germany, concentrating its activities in the area of internet services for business customers. Clients include more than 30 national carriers and over 160 internet service providers and online services. Telefónica can connect into the worldwide network of Telefónica S.A. and operates a multiple redundant, widespread backbone.

The business activities range from narrowband and broadband internet connections, virtual private networks (VPNs), integrated language, video and data solutions, value-added services such as Voice over IP as well as classic outsourcing services such security solutions. The unique IP infrastructure with its continuous MPLS capable backbone, ZISP platform, 320 PoPs (Point of Presence) and 74 DSL transfer points enable Telefónica to offer its products and solutions within Germany as full or part service packages, or as advance solutions to mid-sized companies and large enterprises alike.

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