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Norway Power Company to Build Open-Access FTTH Network

PacketFront has signed a contract with Norway’s largest power utility company, Hafslund, to build an open access Fiber-To-The-Home network in Østlandet, the area in and around Oslo. Hafslund is by far the largest power utility company in Norway and this is considered one of this year’s most important contracts in the Norwegian telecom sector.

Today, the strongest trend among network owners is to give end-users freedom of choice. Open access networks are built and financed by the network owners, who then grant various service providers access to the network. The network is thus open to all service providers who wish to offer services through it, and does not favor any of the competing parties. This is the situation that guarantees households and end-users the best possible services and the more competitive prices.

“We have been evaluating platforms and suppliers since last autumn, and we feel confident with PacketFront in the access network, as they are on the cutting edge in their segment,” says Trond Nedregård, the director of Hafslund Telekom’s fiber network division. “We have chosen the open network because our goal is to be the acknowledged leader in networks, rather than compete in the areas of television and multimedia. We believe that in the future it will be all the more important to enable the customers to tailor their media choices, and PacketFront provides us with that flexibility. We feel that this is the broadband network of the future.”

In the first stage, Hafslund will offer IPTV and other broadband services to selected cooperative housing areas in Oslo. End users will be provided with a wide variety of broadband services over the same connection.

PacketFront’s partner, NetNordic, will be responsible for the integration of Hafslund’s FTTH network. In addition, Datametrix will be responsible for the installation of the core network.

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