Alcatel Lucent picks up yet more Telecom business

Company to deploy IP MPLS backhaul for new mobile network

Alcatel-Lucent has won even more business from Telecom New Zealand, being selected deploy Telecom's IP Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS)–based mobile backhaul solution.

The backhaul project will accommodate Telecom's cellular WCDMA and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) traffic needs and to scale its mobile services across a unified network infrastructure, Alcatel Lucent says.

Alcatel-Lucent’s will deploy pseudowire technology in the build, which adapts various traffic and media types from the W-CDMA base stations into IP/MPLS.

Telecom’s mobile backhaul network will leverage the existing IP/MPLS aggregation network already provided by Alcatel-Lucent for residential and business services, the company says, supporting Telecom’s decision to consolidate services onto a converged network infrastructure.

“It will allow us to scale efficiently and rapidly roll out exciting new mobile broadband services, while its high availability features will ensure a reliable mobile broadband service for our customers," says Stuart Sutton, chief technology officer — technology and shared services, for Telecom New Zealand.

Alcatel Lucent is Telecom's major partner in its local network builds, including its WCDMA mobile network roll out, due to go live in mid 2009.

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