Alcatel-Lucent inks 3-year deal with Telefonica for IP transformation

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Alcatel-Lucent announced its 3-year project with Telefonica to transform its fixed and mobile networks with its IP technology.

The IP transformation will assist Telefonica to manage unprecedented growth in data and video by its customers. Telefonica’s three-year Fusion Red IP program will begin in the coming months in Murcia, Spain.

Telefonica said its networks handled triple growth in pay-TV subscriber base to 1.9 million in 2014. Telefonica aims to reach four million customers for personal video and catch-up TV services by the end of 2015.

The telecom service provider will triple the speeds of its fiber fixed-line services. As a result of this demand, Telefonica aims to increase network capacity and reduce complexity to allow it to manage traffic with even greater efficiency.

Within 13 months the number of Cloud DVR users quintupled with hours of usage increasing by 19 percent between October 2014 and February 2015.

Optimal operational cost and efficiency will be the other advantages of the IP transformation, said Alcatel-Lucent in a statement.

Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its IP Routing portfolio to bring simplification into the network, resulting into four network layers from eight earlier.

Residential and business services will converge on a single network and the IP service edge will move closer to customers, enabling Telefonica to use network capacity more efficiently and optimize data and video delivery, lowering latency to boost performance and reduce costs, while setting the stage for advanced services in the future.

Joaquin Mata, network technology and operations director of Telefonica Spain said: “As we ramp up our video and high-bandwidth data service offers we are committed to delivering the best possible quality of experience for our customers. By working with Alcatel-Lucent to leverage its IP Routing and Services expertise we will be able to manage our network with even greater efficiency.”

Alcatel-Lucent will replace older routers within the network, using its IP routing portfolio to perform core routing and layer two and three edge routing functions and act as a broadband network gateway for the provision of residential services.

Baburajan K
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