Wednesday, 04 November 2015 13:52

Alcatel-Lucent wins 3-year New Caledonia deal

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New Caledonia's Office of Post and Telecoms (OPT-NC) is collaborating with Alcatel-Lucent to extend its DWDM transport network across islands in the South Pacific country to support growing mobile and fixed broadband demand.

The three-year deal will see Alcatel-Lucent, based on its integrated packet solution and advanced optical transport technology, deploy across all inhabited territories of New Caledonia and provide dedicated support to OPT through a planned new office to be opened in the capital Noumea.

OPT's 2017 Strategic Plan, to guide the company's contribution to addressing New Caledonia’s development issues, includes strengthening its local optical backbone, expanding its high-speed mobile network and switching 65,000 customers to fibre in eight years.

The company says 73,000 customers are currently connected via ADSL, and the national transport network is designed to add reliability and scalability to support mobile and fixed broadband demand and national digital development.

Under the three-year arrangement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide OPT with a full-turnkey professional services deployment, including migration of existing transport platforms to the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) WDM platform, with its Service Router Operating System (SROS) compatible integrated packet transport technology, allowing the efficient transfer of packet traffic over the optical network.

OPT New Caledonia Deputy CEO, Auxence Fafin, says the expanded network will meet growing demand for mobile and fixed Internet, data and voice services across Greater Noumea "providing high levels of availability and throughput of up to 10Gbps to meet our future digital strategy directions”.

According to Alcatel-Lucent Oceania President and Managing Director, Sean O’Halloran, broadband growth demand is a significant factor for operators across the Pacific.
"We are very pleased to be building our presence to support this growth in New Caledonia. This optical network will provide OPT New Caledonia with substantial new flexibility, reliability and scalability to meet demand across its national footprint.”

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