September 4, 2008

Smart Comp Selects Cisco Technology to Build FTTH Optical Network

Smart Comp, a Czech metropolitan optical networks operator, plans to build a fiber-to-the-home optical network in Brno, using Cisco's IP networking architecture.

Design of the project started in August 2008, followed by the selection and testing of technology solutions. Construction is expected to begin in January 2009. In the first quarter of 2009, 1,600 flats are planned to be connected with optical technology in newly built areas around Brno, with a further 5,000 flats to be networked in the second quarter of 2009.

The backbone layer will be based on the Cisco 7600 series router, the aggregation layer will be made up of Cisco Catalyst 4500 series switches, and the access layer will be built on Cisco ME 3400 switches. The customer layer elements will include Cisco voice and data gateways.

Juraj Rakovsky, Cisco's acting general manager in the Czech Republic, said: "Compared with traditional internet access technologies, FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) is what a highway is to a local road. Fiber optics provides more bandwidth and faster connections than 96 wires of a copper cable. The convenience of FTTH technology is also based on the fact that the optical cable is directly connected to the home."