Manx Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent broadband access nodes, outdoor cabinets for triple play

SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 -- Manx Telecom is the tenth customer to use Alcatel-Lucent's "fiber to the most economic point" strategy as well as its portfolio of customized outdoor cabinets.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent and Manx Telecom have announced that the British operator is building on Alcatel-Lucent's customized outdoor cabinet offering -– in combination with the ISAM family of IP access nodes -- to provide all of its customers with triple-play services. Manx Telecom is the tenth customer to use Alcatel-Lucent's "fiber to the most economic point" strategy as well as its portfolio of customized outdoor cabinets.

Manx Telecom has been looking for ways to provide its end users with the latest high-speed broadband services in the shortest timeframe -- leveraging to the largest extent possible the existing copper network ("fiber to the most economic point").

To achieve this, service providers require a comprehensive set of IP access nodes, each of them optimized for a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), fiber-to-the-building (FTTB,) or fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment scenario. They also need a flexible range of outdoor cabinet enclosures that provide long-term protection for their telecom equipment, customized for any physical or regulatory environment.

"As an operator wanting to offer high-speed broadband, you basically have two options: either roll out a brand new, nationwide fiber network, or capitalize on your existing copper infrastructure. We opted for the latter, using remote ISAM access nodes to shorten our copper loops," says Mike Loundes, chief technology officer, Manx Telecom. "Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's outdoor cabinets, we were able to significantly reduce the risks related to deploying our outside plant. The fully customized enclosures fitted perfectly and were network validated right from the start. This saved us a lot of time and money."

"Alcatel-Lucent's outdoor cabinet solution meets all deployment challenges," adds Dave Geary, president of Alcatel-Lucent's wireline networks activities. "Designed to be flexible, we can deliver superior-quality, purpose-built cabinets in a matter of weeks -– from needs analysis, concept and design, to pre-integration and on-site installation all while meeting the customer's individual specifications."


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