Peru's INTERNEXA takes on 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

INTERNEXA, a Peru-based terrestrial fiber optic network operator, on Wednesday selected Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) as its vendor for a 100G network that it says will support the distribution of global digital content in the region it serves.

The network will also enable INTERNEXA to meet subscribers' fast-growing demands for mobile video, high-speed Internet access and other data services in Peru.

The 100G capabilities will be incorporated into the service provider's telecom network that currently provides wholesale connectivity to service providers in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and eventually, Central America.

As it continues to establish agreements with the main Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), INTERNEXA is migrating digital content from outside of Latin America to data centers in Colombia and Brazil. By putting the content in local data centers, INTERNEXA said it will be able to "enhance efficiency for operators, quality of service for subscribers and create new opportunities for content developers."

For this deployment, INTERNEXA is leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). The vendor will also provide its 1660 SM STM-16/64 Optical Multi-Service Node for Metro Applications, the 1850 Transport Service Switch (TSS) 320 and the 1350 Management Suite.

Luis Francisco Gamero, operations director of INTERNEXA Peru, said in a release announcing the deployment that by using Alcatel-Lucent's platforms it is "taking a major step to deploy a highly flexible network that will support present and future bandwidth demand with improved performance and allow faster delivery of services to the market."

While 100G is the initial speed that the network will support, it provides a foundation to support 400G when INTERNEXA needs it without a forklift upgrade of its existing equipment.

Given the continued growth of digital content in Latin America, something that will continue as Brazil, for one, ramps up for its World Cup games in 2014, service providers of all sizes are making major upgrades to their networks throughout the region.

Even though Alcatel-Lucent did see a wide loss in its Q2 2012 earnings, it did report growth in the Asia Pacific, Americas, and the EMEA regions.

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