Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Vodacom South Africa to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution to expand Vodacom’s customer base enterprise and residential markets.
The new converged network enables Vodacom to provide customers with ultra-broadband needed to access bandwidth-hungry services and applications such as online gaming and streaming video.
Vodacom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s comprehensive end-to-end GPON solution, as well as the Motive customer experience platform to provide high-quality network performance through aanced performance management capabilities across both wireline and wireless. Vodacom expects to reach about 150,000 homes and 100,000 business within the next three years.
As part of the deal, Vodacom will deploy the new converged network in all major centers in South Africa, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. The converged network will enable Vodacom to offer mobile, voice, video and data services to 250,000 homes and businesses within the next three years.
Andries Delport, Vodacom Group Chief Technology Officer said: “We first began talking with Alcatel-Lucent about expanding Vodacom’s business into the fixed access market five years ago. This was a significant move for us and required a great deal of consideration. Over time, the Alcatel-Lucent team was able to show that it was the right move for us and that their solution was the best for our needs.”
Alcatel-Lucent is providing its 7360 ISAM FX for GPON services, as well as Customer Experience Management Platform using Motive Home Device Manager and Network Analyzer Fiber. The project also includes Professional Services, Operations Support Systems (OSS) deployment and Managed Services.
Willem Hendrickx, President, Alcatel-Lucent Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said: “This effort represents a significant and bold move by Vodacom into the fixed network space and allows them to take aantage of new, revenue-generating business models. We are excited that our technology, expertise and knowledge are helping take Vodacom to the next level of converged communications.”
Source : CIO East Africa