BUDAPEST, Hungary, May 28, 2007 - Cisco® today announced that Magyar Telekom has upgraded its Internet Protocol (IP) backbone network as part of the telecommunications company's strategy to expand IP-based and broadband services in Hungary. The implementation of the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System has led to a significant increase in network reliability and capacity. The deployment marks a turning point in the technological evolution of Magyar Telekom, the first service provider in Hungary to use routers with terabit capacity.
"Widespread use of broadband Internet is one of the primary strategic objectives of Magyar Telekom. This also coincides with the country's interest as a whole, in an effort to build an information society for the future," said Christopher Mattheisen, CEO of Magyar Telekom. "Magyar Telekom is now going beyond info-communications services and is strengthening its position in the audiovisual services market.
"We were the first to launch a number of innovative solutions in the market in the areas of fixed and mobile rich media and content services, such as enhancements to the community site iWiW, IPTV (T-Home TV), G3 mobile phones supporting video telephony and television programmes, and mobile Internet (web 'n' talk). Our T-Home TV product offers a revolutionary new digital experience in television broadcasting. We have always watched media closely. Now we take it one step further with television broadcasting over the Internet," continued Mattheisen.
The introduction of the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture helps provide new opportunities to upgrade the telecommunications infrastructure. It will also be the foundation for innovative IP-based services tailored to the needs of individual subscribers, such as integrated media beyond video and IPTV, voice over IP, interactive games, and access to digital content such as photo libraries and films on demand.
"Hungary has taken the lead in the region in terms of broadband Internet, with more than 1 million broadband connections registered." stated Kaan Terzioglu, vice president, Central and Eastern Europe for Cisco. "The cooperation with Magyar Telekom and the resulting transformation to an IP Next-Generation Network is an example for the neighbouring countries of the region where similar investments may be realized."
By deploying the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, which is supported by Cisco's Advanced Services team, Magyar Telekom has proactively prepared its network for an increase in broadband demand, especially in view of last year's successful IPTV launch. In addition, business users have a growing need for virtual private network (VPN) services with higher availability. Supported by the enhanced features of the CRS-1, Magyar Telekom also offers a higher availability of service to its business customers.
For more information on the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System go to: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5763/index.html.