Canadian cabler Vidéotron dialed up Nortel Networks as its primary technology provider as it readies to launch voice-over Internet-protocol service to its 1.5 million customers.
Vidéotron’s existing switched-telephony service launched in January 2005, and it now reaches 74% of the cable operator’s territory and claims some 283,000 subscribers.
Nortel will provide project-management, multivendor integration and testing and deployment services for the new VoIP system. The network will include PacketCable-qualified Nortel Communication Server 2000 compact soft switches and a Nuera BTX 4000 media gateway, all connected via Vidéotron’s existing optical network, which already provides VoIP services to businesses in 16 locations across Quebec, Montreal and Toronto.
The resulting architecture will also allow future addition of IP Multimedia Subsystem technology, which can blend wireless and wireline services.
"Demand for Vidéotron's cable-telephone service has been strong," said Daniel Proulx, Vidéotron’s senior vice president of engineering. "With Nortel's proven VoIP solutions and SIP [Session Integration Protocol] multimedia portfolio, we are confident that we can meet current and future needs of our customers as we expand our network to make cable-telephone services available to homes and businesses throughout our service area in the province of Quebec."