Telefonica taps Alcatel-Lucent for its 100G network

Telefonica is employing Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) to help it build its 100G optical network serving the north-west, eastern and southern regions in Spain.

The service provider said its move to 100G will enable it to improve the capacity of its regional networks to meet rapidly growing consumer and business demand for wireline and 4G wireless Internet connectivity, cloud and video-based data traffic. While cloud and 4G LTE are big drivers, video is the major priority.

For this initiative, Telefonica will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform, which includes integrated OTN switching and aggregation to support increasing traffic demands. Another key feature of the 1830 platform is that it incorporates a GMPLS control plane in every regional domain to ensure quality of experience for customers.

Based on converged 1830 PSS DWDM and OTN technology and 1350 Optical Management System (OMS), Telefonica's network will have 8.8 Terabits of capacity and is ready to grow to 24 Terabits.

Being able to announce a 100G customer like Telefonica is an important milestone for its WDM business. During the second quarter, the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) represented 43 percent of terrestrial optical product revenues in the quarter, up 12 percentage points year-over-year, and it now has over 480 customers.

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