Alcatel-Lucent has unveiled a triumvirate of fibre contracts as operators look to boost their next generation broadband networks.
 
First, Swisscom has signed up the France-based vendor to help it to offer 1Gbps broadband services to one million customers using A-L’s point-to-point gigabit Ethernet technology.
 
The deployment is a part of Swisscom’s strategy to bring “ultra-broadband” to 85 percent of the country’s households and businesses by 2020.
 
Earlier this month, the operator said over 750,000 households and businesses are now connected to the its existing fibre-optic network.
 
Heinz Herren, CIO and CTO at Swisscom, commented: “In order to meet customer demand for increased speed… we knew we needed a solution that could maximise the performance of our existing infrastructure for the delivery of ultra-broadband while also creating a foundation for future growth and higher speeds.” 
 
 
Second, A-L has signed a three-year deal to provide the wherewithal for Tunisie Telecom to upgrade “tens of thousands” of existing voice lines to high-speed broadband using ADSL, VDSL and GPON technology. 
 
 
Third, Nordic wholesale broadband provider IP-Only has selected A-L’s Point-to-Point Ethernet technology to roll out its new fibre-to-the-premises network.
 
Maintrac, A-L’s channel partner in Sweden, will build the network for homes and businesses across Sweden. 
 
“With 22 percent of Swedish households already enjoying broadband over fiber there are high expectations in our marketplace to be met,” said IP-Only CTO Mikael Westerlund.
 
Earlier this month, A-L revealed that copper and fibre revenues in its Fixed Networks business unit grew 27 percent on aggregate in 2013, reflecting renewed growth in this sector.
 
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