Swisscom using Nokia Siemens Networks infrastructure for live television transmission of UEFA EURO 2008(TM)

Bern, Switzerland / Espoo, Finland, (PresseBox) - Swisscom Broadcast is transmitting the TV signals from the stadia in Switzerland to UEFA's International Broadcast Centre (IBC), from where they will be sent around the world. To assure the smooth transmission of TV images Swisscom is supported by Nokia Siemens Networks which has installed and is maintaining a fiber-optic network between the Swiss stadia in Zurich, Bern, Geneva and Basel and the two interconnection points with Telekom Austria at the Swiss/Austrian border. Telekom Austria is then transporting the signal over their fixed network to the IBC in Vienna.

"For this high exposure project we needed a very secure solution to build a special network. We will be sending very high volumes of data at different times from different stadia to the broadcast center, thus flexibility and reliability are a must. The solution from Nokia Siemens Networks has fulfilled all the above criteria." said Guido Garrone, Head of Network & IT from Swisscom.

To ensure the highest quality and absolute reliability of the broadcasts, Nokia Siemens Networks has provided Swisscom with a Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) platform known as hiT 7300. An intensive internal testing period convinced Swisscom of the excellent performance of the platform and proved it is the right choice for the project. Key to the decision-making was the highly reliable system performance and network flexibility, together with simplified implementation and easy operation.

"We are sure that through the DWDM platform Swisscom will contribute to the success of UEFA EURO 2008(TM) and the enjoyment of the football fans. The unique flexibility of the system shows through in this project", said Michael Finkenzeller, Strategy and Portfolio Manager DWDM at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks with its best-in-class product portfolio is a world leader in DWDM networks with more than 4,000 nodes installed and running at operators all over the world. The company provides state-of-the-art connectivity for all kinds of services for today and tomorrow with its transport and Internet Protocol networking solutions for fixed, mobile and hybrid operators. Nokia Siemens Networks is a world market leader for ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers) as well as 40G applications in dynamic DWDM networks

About Swisscom

With revenue of CHF 11,1 billion in 2007 and a workforce of 19 844 full-time employees, the Swisscom Group is Switzerland's leading telecoms company.

Swisscom is present nationwide, delivering all services and products for mobile, fixed and IP-based voice and data communications.

Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.

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