Telekom Srpske selects Alcatel-Lucent to deliver converged IP and optical system

DECEMBER 18, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent will provide its new Converged Backbone Transformation system to the telecom provider for its network serving Bosnia and Herzegovina.

DECEMBER 18, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Telekom Srpske a.d. Banja Luka, the main public telecommunications provider in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to enhance its nationwide network with leading-edge technology.

By consolidating IP and optical networks into a common highly leveraged IP network infrastructure, Telekom Srpske will be able to offer its residential and business customers advanced services such as high-speed Internet, voice over IP, business services, and mobile backhaul for 3G, with high reliability and quality-of-service (QoS) standards.

"We want to provide our business and residential customers a wide range of beneficial, easy-to-use broadband services," says Predrag Culibrk, Telekom Srpske's general manager. "With ever-growing Internet traffic fueled by video and mobile broadband, we need to ensure our capacity matches the needs of our customers. Alcatel-Lucent's solution will enable us to do so while allowing us to minimize management and operating expenses."

Alcatel-Lucent will provide its new Converged Backbone Transformation system, which the company says more tightly integrates IP and optical transport resources, enabling service providers to optimize and leverage their transport networks to deal with the growing demand of bandwidth.

"Internet, voice, data, and video traffic continue to increase, pressuring service providers to find ways to cut the cost of reliably transporting the traffic while simultaneously delivering new services. Our long-lasting partnership with Telekom Srpske a.d. Banja Luka (m:tel) made it easy to closely work together in order to achieve the most suitable solution," says Raoul Ros, head of Alcatel-Lucent's business in southeast Europe.

Alcatel-Lucent's new approach can reportedly reduce the number of required network elements, improve efficiencies in power and rack space, simplify network provisioning and fault management, minimize latency, and enhance reliability. For the service provider, this will result in higher efficiency, greater resiliency, and lower complexity in addition to savings in power, space, and operational complexity, says the company.

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