Airtel selects Alcatel Lucent to create a CEN based IP access network

Telecom Lead India: India’s leading service provider
Bharti Airtel has selected Alcatel-Lucent to create Internet protocol (IP)
access network based on Carrier Ethernet technology (CEN).


The new IP access network based on CEN will enable Airtel
to deliver faster mobile broadband speeds to its customers.


The CEN (carrier-grade Ethernet)-based IP access network
will help the company to offer its customers various services such as video
streaming, high speed data , social network-based applications, online gaming,
video conferencing and online collaboration.


Given the exponential growth in the uptake of data in
India, we thought it is the right time for us to transition to a scalable
IP-based access network for reasons of both cost and performance. Alcatel
Lucent’s IP/MPLS solutions currently operating on our network have been able to
manage our data delivery requirements and we are convinced on the scalability
aspect of the proposed solution,” said Jagbir Singh, director of Network
Services Group at Bharti Airtel.


The operator said that the new network would also be catering
to the DSL broadband as well as 2G/3G/4G voice and data traffic making it a
true converged network.


The key elements of the Airtel mobile backhaul network
are Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Router, 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR)
and 5620 Service Aware Manager. These are part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Mobile
Backhaul solution.


Alcatel-Lucent offers a highly scalable, converged
(support for 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE) and reliable end-to-end solution deployed by
more than 120 operators globally.


The selection puts Airtel in a great position to face
the challenges of increased bandwidth demand,” said Munish Seth, president and
managing director, Alcatel-Lucent India.


Alcatel-Lucent partners with STC and Etisalat for LTE roll outs


Recently, Alcatel-Lucent partnered with STC and Etisalat
to roll out high-speed mobile broadband services to subscribers through the
deployment of LTE mobile broadband networks.


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