Telefonica chooses Alcatel-Lucent for Spanish 100G fiber-optic network

Telefonica has selected the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) as the cornerstone of a 100-Gbps upgrade to the carrier’s fiber-optic network throughout the northwest, eastern, and southern portions of Spain. The Spanish incumbent seeks the increased capacity in its regional networks to meet the demands the increasing adoption of 4G LTE mobile wireless services, cloud services, and video have sparked.

Telefonica has selected the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) as the cornerstone of a 100-Gbps upgrade to the carrier’s fiber-optic network throughout the northwest, eastern, and southern portions of Spain. The Spanish incumbent seeks the increased capacity in its regional networks to meet the demands the increasing adoption of 4G LTE mobile wireless services, cloud services, and video have sparked.

The 1830 PSS will offer DWDM transport as well as integrated Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching and aggregation. The upgrade ups capacity to 8.8 Tbps, with a path to 24 Tbps.

Telefonica also will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s 1350 Optical Management System (OMS). The combination of the packet-optical transport system and OMS will increase the network’s resiliency via auto-restoration features based on a GMPLS control plane, Alcatel-Lucent says.

"Video is becoming an increasing focus for Telefonica in Spain. That means capacity and reliability are critical elements for its nationwide infrastructure,” said Roque Lozano, president of Alcatel-Lucent Spain. "With future video services and mass high-definition video storage in the cloud, Telefonica needed the most reliable and flexible technology available today. Alcatel-Lucent's 100G solution has everything to take Telefonica to the next level of its network transformation in Spain."

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