​Mobile makeover underway as Alcatel-Lucent bolsters New Caledonia networking

Alcatel-Lucent collaborates with OPT New Caledonia to extend a national DWDM transport network.

Alcatel-Lucent is collaborating with OPT New Caledonia to extend a national DWDM transport network supporting growing mobile and fixed broadband demand.

The network, based on Alcatel-Lucent’s integrated packet transport solution, will be deployed across all inhabited territories of New Caledonia over the next three years.

Alcatel-Lucent has also announced plans to open a Noumea office, providing dedicated support to OPT New Caledonia and its efforts to build New Caledonia’s national communications capability.

“Broadband growth demand is a significant factor for operators across the Pacific and we are very pleased to be building our presence to support this growth in New Caledonia,” says Sean O’Halloran, President and Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent Oceania.

“This optical network will provide OPT New Caledonia with substantial new flexibility, reliability and scalability to meet demand across its national footprint.”

Under the three-year arrangement, O’Halloran says Alcatel-Lucent will provide OPT New Caledonia with a full-turnkey professional services deployment, including migration of existing transport platforms to the Alcatel-Lucent platform.

OPT New Caledonia has established a 2017 Strategic Plan to guide its contribution to addressing New Caledonia’s development issues.

Going forward, this includes strengthening its local optical backbone, expanding its high-speed mobile network and switching 65,000 customers to fibre in eight years with 73,000 customers currently connected via ADSL.

“This 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,” adds Auxence Fafin, Deputy CEO, OPT New Caledonia.

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