Telecom Italia (TIM) has signed up Alcatel-Lucent to deploy IP core routing and software-defined networking technology as it continues to upgrade it core network.

The operator announced in February that it is investing €10 billion over the next three years and contracted A-L to supply 100 gigabit optical networking tech in June.

The latest deal sees more tech added as TIM looks to unveil its upgraded network by the end of next year.

It also includes the France-based vendor’s SDN-based Network Services Platform as it looks to provide new video and cloud services.

TIM saw sales continue to fall in the third quarter although the decline is slowing and mobile service revenues returned to growth.

The company is gearing up for increased competition in its home market after Three and Wind announced plans for a €22 billion merger in August.

Gabriela Styf Sjöman, Head Engineering & TILab at Telecom Italia|TIM, said “I am very pleased to announce our collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent for TIM’s Next Generation Core Network.

“It is an important and strategic decision for us as it is a key step in the continuation of our network modernisation in which we keep transforming our network for more service agility.”

Earlier this month, A-L won a deal to supply Telekom Austria with a range of fixed-line broadband tech.

In November, the vendor’s research arm revealed it is testing a new optical networking technology that offers Petabit-per-second capacity.

 

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