Alcatel-Lucent to build converged network for Vodacom in South Africa

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Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution to underpin ultra-broadband network for enterprise, residential and mobile customers of South Africa’s largest mobile operator

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has been selected by Vodacom, South Africa’s largest mobile service provider, to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution to expand Vodacom’s customer base enterprise and residential markets.

The new converged network enables Vodacom to provide customers with ultra-broadband needed to access bandwidth-hungry services and applications such as online gaming and streaming video.

Vodacom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s comprehensive end-to-end GPON solution, as well as the Motive customer experience platform to provide high-quality network performance through advanced performance management capabilities across both wireline and wireless.  Vodacom expects to reach about 150,000 homes and 100,000 business within the next three years.

Key Facts:

  • Vodacom will deploy the new converged network  in all major centers in South Africa, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.
  • The converged network will enable Vodacom to offer mobile, voice, video and data services to 250,000  homes and businesses within the next three years.
  • Alcatel-Lucent is providing its 7360 ISAM FX for GPON services, as well as Customer Experience Management Platform using Motive Home Device Manager and Network Analyzer Fiber.
  • The project also includes Professional Services, Operations Support Systems (OSS) deployment and Managed Services.

Quotes:

Andries Delport, Vodacom Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) said: “We first began talking with Alcatel-Lucent about expanding Vodacom’s business into the fixed access market five years ago. This was a significant move for us and required a great deal of consideration. Over time, the Alcatel-Lucent team was able to show that it was the right move for us and that their solution was the best for our needs.”

Willem Hendrickx, President of Alcatel-Lucent Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA)  said: “This effort represents a significant and bold move by Vodacom into the fixed network space and allows them to take advantage of new, revenue-generating business models.  We are excited that our technology, expertise and knowledge are helping take Vodacom to the next level of converged communications.”