FASTWEB further enhances Internet speed

Milan, Italy – 28 June 2011

Italian broadband provider selects Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper Networks to build additional network capacity and deliver Multiservice IP backbone

Customers of FASTWEB can look forward to further enhanced Internet speeds. Italy’s leading broadband provider has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper Networks to strengthen its IP backbone to meet growing Internet traffic and service quality demands.

"The exponential increase of Internet traffic largely driven by popular social networks and video services had put pressure on our existing core network,” said Guido Roda, head of Network Engineering at FASTWEB. “In order to continue offering a superior Internet access experience to our customers and maintain market leadership, we needed to build new capacity. This was done by creating a new Supercore layer within the existing IP infrastructure."

Nokia Siemens Networks deployed Juniper Networks’ high-capacity T1600 flagship core routers which were added to a Multiservice IP Backbone* and integrated with the existing core and access networks. Nokia Siemens Networks’ multi-vendor experience as an IP integrator facilitated the integration of the Juniper equipment into the existing network. The routers are extremely efficient not only in terms of performance but also floor space occupancy and power consumption, and have proved to be a perfect match for FASTWEB’s immediate capacity requirements.

"Our routers are a novel way of building additional capacity without ripping out existing infrastructure,” added Ben Jacobson, head of Nokia Siemens Networks alliance sales at Juniper Networks. “Without them, the overload of Internet traffic on the core network would result in severe bottlenecks and affect the quality of service."

"This deal is a perfect showcase of our cooperation with Juniper to offer a strong product and services portfolio,” said Massimo Mazzucco, key account manager, Nokia Siemens Networks. “We were FASTWEB’s sole supplier in the IP edge segment, and with this deployment, we have made a crucial breakthrough in their core network too."


FASTWEB, with 1.7 million customers, is one of the main telecommunications providers in Italy. Currently FASTWEB operates in more than 150 Italian cities with a network of more than 32,000 km. FASTWEB uses a unique technological model combining the extensive use of the Internet Protocol (IP) for voice, data and video transmission both via optical fiber and xDSL technology. The company provides customers with a wide range of integrated services (voice – fixed and mobile, data and video) on a single wire. FASTWEB also offers advanced competitive services to all business segments – Public authorities, large companies, small and medium enterprises, professionals, sohos, universities and research institutes. Since 2007 Fastweb is part of the Swisscom Group.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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Notes to editors:
* Smart Transport: Nokia Siemens Networks’ unique Smart Transport offering enables lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for any service provider’s data transport network. Smart Transport is based on Nokia Siemens Networks’ globally available IP Integration capabilities to plan, install, integrate, provision, maintain, optimize and, where needed, even operate multi-vendor transport networks. Besides the company’s professional services, it includes Nokia Siemens Networks’ products such as DWDM-based optical transport, optical transport network (OTN) switching, TransNet network planning tool, A-Series Carrier Ethernet switches, FlexiPacket Microwave and Operational Support Systems (OSS) as well as IP/MPLS, timing over packet and service level assurance products from the leading vendors such as Juniper Networks.