True trials 100 Gigabit Ethernet in Thailand

DECEMBER 14, 2010 -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says that the True, a telecommunications conglomerate in Thailand, has successfully conducted a field trial of 100-Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) transmission over its existing IP/MPLS network.

DECEMBER 14, 2010 -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says that the True, a telecommunications conglomerate in Thailand, has successfully conducted a field trial of 100-Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) transmission over its existing IP/MPLS network. The IP/MPLS network is based on Alcatel-Lucent service routing technology.

The field trial proved that Alcatel-Lucent’s 100GbE interfaces can support and sustain 100 Gbps while delivering wireless (3G and LTE) services, as well as residential broadband, subscriber management, business Ethernet and virtual private networks (VPNs), Alcatel-Lucent asserts. The trial leveraged Alcatel-Lucent’s existing 7750 Service Routers, 7450 Ethernet Service Switches, and the 5620 Service Aware Manager, which together form the base of True’s converged IP/MPLS network.

“The 100GbE trial will help us prepare for the future and meet the need for increasing bandwidth. As can been seen around the world, the demand is driven by trends such as wireless carriers using Ethernet backhaul to stay ahead of the rising requirement for high-bandwidth wireless services,” said Vichaow Rakphongphairoj, managing director and group chief operating officer, network and technology, True Corporation PCL. “With the continuous growth of True’s fixed broadband traffic and our plan to introduce higher-speed offerings this year, it makes business sense for us to push for a single common infrastructure, allowing us to better control growing backhaul spending requirements. The goal here is to show 100GbE can be carried on a metro network with current equipment that avoids major changes to the existing network infrastructure and the associated costs.”

In February this year, True selected Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS networking offering to support a converged network transformation. The resultant IP/MPLS network, covering Bangkok’s metropolitan area, supports both 3G IP mobile services by TrueMove as well as fixed broadband services by TrueOnline, the fixed-line arm of True.

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