French carrier selects Alcatel-Lucent gear

8 JANUARY 2009 � Axione, a company of Bouygues Construction specializing in the management of local public broadband services for telecom operators and local communities, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to provide equipment that will further develop its networks across France.

8 JANUARY 2009 � Axione, a company of Bouygues Construction specializing in the management of local public broadband services for telecom operators and local communities, has selected Alcatel-Lucent (search for Alcatel-Lucent) to provide equipment that will further develop its networks across France. The systems house will provide its Ethernet, IP/MPLS, FTTH technologies as well as professional services including project management, network design, installation, integration, and maintenance, enabling Axione to offer high-speed triple play services in 11 departments and cities across the country through public service outsourcing contracts.

Axione expects to use its upgraded infrastructure to offer communication services such as virtual leased lines and virtual private LAN services to its business customers. The IP/MPLS network also forms the platform for additional advanced services with minimal further investment, according to the equipment vendor.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver FTTH network equipment.

"Economic development and growth for our customers across the country is the goal of this project," said Jacques Beauvois, chairman of Axione. "Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS network allows us to significantly improve operations and meet our growing business needs. As well, their recognized expertise in fiber provides us with efficient access solutions to enhance customer service levels in regional communities."

Axione, part of ETDE - a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction - specializes in the building and operation of broadband and high-speed broadband networks for telecommunications operators and local communities in the scope of their digital development projects on the French territory. Axione is currently active in France under 11 public service outsourcing contracts signed with Dorsal Limousin, the departments of Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire (1 and 2), Loire, Nièvre, Charente-Maritime, and the cities of Pau (very broadband FTTH), Gonfreville l'Orcher (Le Havre � high-speed broadband FTTH), Quimper, and Tours.

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