Tunisiana signs 4-year contract with Alcatel-Lucent to build a wireline broadband network

Telecom Lead Asia: Mobile operator Tunisiana has signed a 4-year contract with Alcatel-Lucent to build a wireline broadband access network.

The broadband network will bring high-speed Internet access and voice and video services to millions of Tunisian consumers and business customers.

Tunisiana, a part of the Qtel Group, is planning to launch commercial services beginning in 2013.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing a complete network solution including designing, building, managing and maintaining the network.

Tunisiana will benefit from Alcatel-Lucent’s gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) and VDSL2 broadband access products.

Moreover, Alcatel-Lucent provides elements of its Motive customer experience solution (CXS): the Motive Network Analyzer which ensures network performance through its troubleshooting capabilities, and the Motive Home Device Manager which allows service personnel to remotely manage a wide range of broadband devices in customers’ homes.

“Our mobile customers have come to expect a very high level of service quality and innovation. As we considered the challenges of building and managing a wireline network, we sought a solution that is as efficient as possible and keeps complexities to a minimum,” said Hatem Mestiri, CTO of Tunisiana.

“Our agreement with Tunisiana provides an exciting opportunity for Alcatel-Lucent to build a completely new wireline access network in a country that is experiencing a rapid adoption of new communications technologies,” said Faical Haffoudhi, country manager of Alcatel-Lucent Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania.

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