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Friday, October 17, 2003


Italy: FastWeb's FTTH system, partnership with power utility

"FastWeb Delivers Next-Generation Broadband Services with Cisco: Provides Integrated Voice, Data and Video Services Using Cisco's Ethernet to the X (ETTx) Solution"

"April 9, 2002 - Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced that FastWeb SpA, the Italian broadband telecommunications arm of e.Biscom SpA, is deploying a Cisco Ethernet to the X (ETTx) solution to provide business and residential customers with 10/100/1000 Mbps Internet connectivity. Over this connectivity, FastWeb is delivering carrier-class quality H323 voice over IP, broadcast TV, video-on-demand for residential customers and storage/back-up services, IP video surveillance, IP VPN, video conferencing and innovative video streaming services for business customers. Cisco's technology helps enable the delivery of these bundled services over Ethernet on a single optical fibre."

"FastWeb, thanks to its partnership with AEM SpA, Milan's main municipal utility provider, has privileged access to existing 'rights of way' to its customers and recently obtained access to an existing cable infrastructure that will help allow FastWeb to quickly increase the number of addressable customers. This ability to lay fiber cost-effectively has driven down FastWeb's costs in deploying a 'future proof' infrastructure that will now facilitate the launch of profitable real broadband services."

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