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France,New Zealand : Telecom New Zealand selects Alcatel-Lucent optical transport for nationwide core network upgrade [TendersInfo (India)]
[February 06, 2013]

France,New Zealand : Telecom New Zealand selects Alcatel-Lucent optical transport for nationwide core network upgrade [TendersInfo (India)]

(TendersInfo (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Alcatel-Lucent and Telecom New Zealand today announced an agreement to deploy an Alcatel-Lucent converged 100 gigabit-per-second (100G) optical network to more than 30 cities nationwide offering high-speed transport services, to help support future Telecom services, including the introduction of a retail fibre product as part of the New Zealand government s external link Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative.

Scheduled to launch around the middle of 2013, the new network combines the power of IP and optical networking to help Telecom New Zealand address fast-growing subscriber demand for advanced business services such as high-definition video, high-speed Internet access, Voice-over-IP and the content delivery networks needed to enable movie processing and high-speed data links for Internet servers.

Key Facts: The New Zealand Government s Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative was launched in 2012 to bring high-speed fibre-optic technology to homes, schools, hospitals, marae and businesses. Alcatel-Lucent s 100G optical coherent technology takes advantage of unique Bell Labs silicon innovations to support data speeds of 100 gigabits-per-second on each of the 80 wavelengths of an optical fiber, significantly boosting in network capacity and performance. Telecom New Zealand expects the optical transport network to be operational by mid-2013.

Telecom New Zealand Chief Technology Officer David Havercroft said: Alcatel-Lucent has been a longstanding, trusted supplier to Telecom New Zealand throughout our networks. We chose their 100G coherent optical transport network based on the best combination of technology capability, commercial terms, in-country support, and proven ability to deliver a large and critical project .

Andrew Miller, managing director of Alcatel-Lucent in New Zealand said: The Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative is a critical project that will benefit all of New Zealand. Our Optical offering, which is unique in the industry and proven in the global market, will dramatically expand the capacity and advanced business services, helping ensure the best experience possible for Telecom s customers accessing high-bandwidth services over the nationwide network.

Telecom New Zealand is New Zealand's largest telecommunications company. It provides information and communication technology (ICT) services to more than one million fixed line residential and small business customers, more than two million consumer and business mobile customers, and services more than 800,000 broadband connections.

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