Portugal: PT chooses Huawei to develop fibre optic technology to link to homes

26 May 2009

Lisbon, Portugal, 26 May – Portugal Telecom (PT) has chosen Chinese telecommunications equipment group Huawei to develop its Portuguese broadband telecommunications network, which promises to take fibre optic connections to a million homes in Portugal by the end of the year.

Huawei’s solutions will make it possible for PT to take fibre optic connections into its customers’ homes, that is, build the entire data transmission network in fibre optics, in a system known as Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH).

“Huawei is proud to establish this partnership with Portugal Telecom for the development of its access network,” the managing director of Huawei Portugal, Xie Xinping said in a statement.

Despite the global crisis that has led to much investment being frozen across the world, Huawei has said it has posted growth, with international contracts rising by 46 percent in 2008, to US$23.3 billion, according to figures from the Chinese group.

In the case of the new contract with PT, Huawei will sell networks based on Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology that will allow the Portugues ecarrier to offer its customers enough bandwidth for high definition interactive television services.

The solution that Huawei said it has been testing with PT on the Portuguese market since 2007, in test laboratories and field studies, makes it possible to integrate the new optical network with the existing copper network, “via a single platform, thus helping the operator in transforming its networks.”

Over three quarters of Huawei’s sales are from international markets and it also operates in Brazil, Angola and Mozambique.

According to Huawei, the Chinese company is already developing some 100 fibre optic infrastructure projects and in 2009 expects sales of US$30 billion. (macauhub)