Midcontinent Communications

Midcontinent Communications

September 19, 2007 08:01 ET

Midcontinent Communications Expanding Video on Demand, Triple Play Services with Nortel Metro Ethernet Technology

Service Provider Expands Network to Meet Growing Need for High-Bandwidth Services in the Dakotas

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2007) - To meet new customer demands for video and high-bandwidth applications, Midcontinent Communications is expanding its network with Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT) Metro Ethernet optical technology. Midcontinent is a triple play services provider serving more than 200 communities in the Dakotas.

As part of the network upgrade, Nortel will deploy Metro Ethernet optical technology to provide a single converged network supporting Midcontinent's new high-bandwidth services, such as video-on-demand (VOD), as well as its current voice, video, and data services for business and residential customers.

"Consumers want more bandwidth, digital voice service, and innovative video programming like VOD and high definition television," said Jon Pederson, vice president of Technology, Midcontinent Communications. "Our investment in advanced network technology from Nortel gives us a simple platform to offer an ever-widening array of entertainment options, along with the flexibility to offer new services to large and small business customers."

"The technology advancements Nortel has made for delivering the complexities of high-bandwidth services simply and reliably over low-cost Ethernet is helping to ensure service providers can cope with explosion of bandwidth demands from the video-on-demand generation," said Philippe Morin, president Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel. "Nortel's next-generation Metro Ethernet and optical technologies help support the emerging era of Hyperconnectivity and gives carriers the critical infrastructure to cost effectively support bandwidth-intensive services like video."

As part of the network expansion, Midcontinent is building out an end-to-end solution based on innovative Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) Ethernet technology to securely transport voice, video and data over a single network. Offering sub-50ms protection capabilities without the need to reserve bandwidth strictly for this purpose, RPR provides efficient aggregation, switching and transport of Ethernet services securely and efficiently over a shared optical ring infrastructure.

The upgraded network is based on Nortel's Metro Ethernet portfolio, including the Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 and the Optical Metro 3500, both with RPR capabilities, the Optical Metro 5200 DWDM line system, and the Communications Server 2000, a Nortel Carrier VoIP superclass softswitch.

Nortel is also providing optical site implementation and network engineering from the Nortel Global Services portfolio, which includes a full range of network applications, implementation, management and support for end-to-end multi-vendor, multi-technology networks.

About Midcontinent Communications

Midcontinent Communications, a subsidiary of Midcontinent Media, Inc. is the Upper Midwest's leading provider of cable television, local and long distance telephone service, high-speed Internet access, and cable advertising services to communities in North and South Dakota, and Western Minnesota. Midcontinent's service area includes over 200 communities serving over 200,000 customers. For more information, please visit our website at

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