Alcatel-Lucent has launched announced a series of new deals this week, including multiple cooperation agreements with Bouygues Telecom.
Bouygues, which is currently in a battle to merge with rival French mobile operator SFR, has signed up A-L for three major projects.
First, the vendor will deploy a 4G LTE-based mobile network core (CSCF) for voice and video services (VoLTE), along with the reuse of several functions from its fixed IMS network core.
Second, it will utilise new session border controller equipment to ensure the security of mobile and fixed IP interconnections with other operators.
Third, it will provide core and edge routers for the renovation of the IP MPLS backbone used to transport all 2G/3G/4G mobile traffic.
The agreements follow Bouygues Telecom's decision to use A-L to update one of the main transport arteries of its high-speed optical network using 100Gbps technologies, and to manage the French optical backbone network supporting all of its fixed and mobile traffic at the end of last year.
The vendor has also won a deal with Outremer Telecom, which is owned by Altice - the company Bouygues is pitted against in its battle to acquire SFR.
A-L and Outremer have announced they are to launch a project linking 4G LTE and cable by deploying a 4G LTE broadband network.
The operator, which offers telecoms services in the French West Indies and French Guiana, will deploy A-L’s 4G LTE overlay solution, including LTE RAN, EPC and a subscriber data manager.
The vendor will also swap out Outremer’s 2G/3G legacy core network.
Michel Combes, CEO Alcatel-Lucent said: “By deploying out 4G LTE overlay solution, Outremer Telecom will be able to quickly offer residential and business customers, as well as those visiting these territories, an ultra-broadband experience in all the areas it serves with impeccable performance.”
Altice Chairman Patrick Drahi said his company is “very proud to be involved in this unique first-time experience in France combining 4G LTE and cable”.
Meanwhile, A-L has signed a deal with Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) to build an all-IP network, which is to include the deployment of a 4G LTE overlay network (RAN, EPC and mobile backhaul) and an IMS solution for VoLTE.
The two companies said they hoped to complete the roll out by the end of the year meaning APT will become the first operator in Taiwan to offer VoLTE.
APT’s Chief Technology Office Tony Zee commented: “While other service providers in Taiwan hold VoLTE licenses, APT is the first to announce actual deployment plans. Not only will our customers have the best quality of voice, but they will also be able to seamlessly and simultaneously access data as well while having voice conversations over their devices.”
Finally, A-L announced a deal with Indonesia’s Telkom Akses to roll out FTTx technology.
Telkom Akses has been charged with expanding Indonesia’s broadband infrastructure to 15 million subscribers (or 30 percent penetration) by 2015.
A-L will deploy its Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) product family, which supports GPON.
“Deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON technology in Indonesia’s eastern region will contribute greatly to achieving our country’s goal of closing the digital divide and giving all of our people access to broadband,” said Telkom Akses CEO Badri Yanto.