Nokia Boosts Bouygues Telecom’s Network Capacity with Cutting-Edge IP Routers

Nokia said it will be supplying advanced FP5-based IP routers to Bouygues Telecom in order to revamp the operator’s IP core network and fortify its security gateway solutions.
Bouygues Telecom HQThe deployment of Nokia’s cutting-edge technology marks a significant step for Bouygues Telecom in modernizing its infrastructure and expanding its network capabilities.

The FP5-powered 7750 Service Router (SR) platform from Nokia stands at the forefront of this upgrade, leveraging groundbreaking FP5 routing silicon. This silicon innovation not only enables higher-capacity IP networks but also emphasizes energy efficiency, aligning with the growing need for sustainable solutions in the telecommunications sector.

The FP5’s futuristic 800GE capability is poised to propel Bouygues Telecom’s capacity to scale and accommodate future traffic surges. Nokia’s system design innovation ensures a seamless transition from the existing FP4 platform to FP5, enhancing the longevity of deployed systems while enhancing capacity.

Moreover, Nokia’s deployment includes the evolution of Bouygues Telecom’s security gateway services, integrating FP5-powered SR-1 routers and the 7750 Extended Services Appliance (ESA). These enhancements aim to meet the escalating capacity demands of mobile broadband services and provide enhanced scalability.

Jean-Paul ARZEL, Chief Technology Officer at Bouygues Telecom, emphasized the necessity for a forward-looking, reliable solution to evolve their IP network in alignment with the expanding customer base. The incorporation of FP5 technology is set to optimize capacity and sustainability, ensuring an exceptional customer experience.

In financial terms, Bouygues Telecom’s capital expenditure, excluding frequencies, stood at €1,107 million by the end of September 2023, in line with their full-year target.

Frederic Beneteau, Vice President of West and Central Europe Market Unit at Nokia, highlighted Nokia’s commitment to providing IP routing solutions that offer unparalleled scalability, efficiency, and security. This partnership empowers Bouygues Telecom to navigate growth initiatives while guaranteeing an exceptional customer experience now and in the future.

Bouygues Telecom showcased impressive growth in their customer base during the first nine months of 2023. Mobile customers, excluding MtoM, reached 15.4 million, reflecting a gain of 217,000 customers since the beginning of the year, with 108,000 added in the third quarter.

Additionally, in the fixed segment, the company observed a substantial increase in FTTH (Fiber-To-The-Home) customers, reaching 3.4 million by the end of September 2023. This growth, including 425,000 new adds in the first nine months, contributed to a total fixed customer base of 4.8 million. The expansion of FTTH plans among fixed customers surged to 71 percent, a significant increase from the previous year.

Bouygues Telecom’s sales surged to €4.4 billion, witnessing a 6 percent increase compared to the first nine months of 2022. This growth was propelled by the robust mobile and fixed customer bases, coupled with an increase in Average Billing Per User (ABPU) for both mobile and fixed services. Mobile ABPU rose to €19.8 per customer per month, while fixed ABPU increased to €30.9 per customer per month year-on-year.

Bouygues Telecom’s strategic initiatives and network expansion efforts have resulted in promising customer acquisition and revenue growth, positioning them strongly in the competitive telecommunications landscape in France.