Telefonica picks Alcatel-Lucent for IP, while Amdocs offers better experience to 16.7 million Movistar users

Telecom Lead Europe: Telefonica is on a technology transformation mission by picking up Alcatel-Lucent and Amdocs for new projects.

Enrique Blanco, Telefonica’s Global Chief Technology Officer

While Telefonica Group has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade Internet protocol (IP) networks, initially in Argentina and the Czech Republic, Telefonica Argentina has selected Amdocs for a transformation program to deliver better user experience across multiple channels for its 16.7 million wireless Movistar brand subscribers.

To prepare for the explosive growth in data traffic expected over the next decade with the rapid uptake of smartphones, tablets and bandwidth-hungry services such as video and gaming, Telefonica will utilize Alcatel-Lucent’s core router.

“This collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent is part of a far-reaching network modernization effort which will give us one of the most powerful and efficient IP networks. In order for us to increase our network capacity and intelligence to address our customers’ fast evolving demands we needed the support of a new, truly disruptive solution,” said Enrique Blanco, global chief technology officer, Telefonica.

Alcatel-Lucent is supplying Telefonica with its new 7950 XRS family – based on the 400G FP3 chipset – which brings a huge boost in capacity, efficiency and flexibility to the heart of IP networks, while slashing power consumption and total cost of ownership.

“With the introduction of the 7950 XRS core router, our IP portfolio offers truly best-in-class capabilities across the board, and we look forward to the opportunity to take Telefonica’s IP network to the next level,” said Federico Guillen, president, Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Global Account Manager for Telefonica.

Meanwhile, Telefonica Argentina will implement a range of business support systems solutions from Amdocs’ CES portfolio to allow its customers to move seamlessly between different sales channels and provide a unique customer experience.

“Our strategic goal in Telefonica is to accelerate our business transformation towards becoming an online company as mobile devices become a more important part of our customers’ work and personal lives,” said Horacio Goldenberg, chief information officer at Telefonica Argentina.

Patrick McGrory, president for the Caribbean and Latin America region at Amdocs, said: “By assuming responsibility for this entire project, both in terms of products and end-to-end implementation, we can put the full breadth of our expertise to work for Telefonica in this strategic market.”

This marks Amdocs’ first project with the Telefonica group in Latin America. Amdocs is already working with Telefonica companies in Europe including Spain, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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