Telecom network vendor Alcatel-Lucent will support Vodacom to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution to expand its customer base in enterprise and residential markets in South Africa.
Vodacom aims to reach about 150,000 homes and 100,000 businesses in South Africa within the next three years.
Vodacom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution and Motive customer experience platform to provide better network performance through performance management capabilities across both wireline and wireless.
Vodacom will deploy converged network in all major centers, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban to offer mobile, voice, video and data services to 250,000 homes and businesses within the next three years.
“We began talking with Alcatel-Lucent about expanding Vodacom’s business into the fixed access market five years ago. This was a significant move for us and required a great deal of consideration,” said Vodacom Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Andries Delport.