The Next Generation Communications community was very busy this past week. One key source of news was Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert), which once again made impressive global headlines.
It was reported by TMCnet how Alcatel-Lucent’s credit facility raised $2.714 billion from an initial $2.171 billion following strong investor demand. The proceeds will be used for the refinancing of existing debt and for working capital and general corporate purposes.
Also, ALU is closely working with Latin America’s América Móvil in constructing the world’s first 17,500-km submarine cable system designed for 100 Gigabit per second (100G) transmission. The AMX-1 system will let América Móvil provide international connectivity to all of its subsidiaries, connecting seven countries with 11 landing points.
In another ALU-related story, Luxembourg power utility, Creos, recently replaced its existing TDM-based communications system with ALU’s Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) technology to improve its power transmission network – from power generation to the substations. Creos will consolidate high-bandwidth services onto a single, modernized IP network.
And National Cable Networks (NCN), Russia’s largest cable TV operator, has tripled the capacity of its broadband network thanks to the next generation communications solutions from ALU. The cable operator deployed ALU’s 100 gigabit per second fiber optic technology to support the dramatic increase in video traffic due to the installation of surveillance cameras across Moscow under the municipal Information City program.
Helping Israel to reap the benefits of LTE (News - Alert) technology, Sprint announced that the company plans to support an LTE acceleration lab in Tel Aviv. This move by Sprint (News - Alert) appeals to startups and developers in Israel as the company has been actively supporting the IMA’s acceleration lab for the last few years.
In other industry news:
- Tango Telecom announced that its Diameter Signalling Controller – iAX DSC – has set record performance figures of sustained performance of more than 220,000 diameter messages per second per blade.
- Also, MTS, a mobile operator in Russia, has installed ECI’S Apollo Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT). The project links a 1,000-km stretch between Moscow and Saint Petersburg and has been providing both 2.5G and 10G services since 2003.
For an in-depth and engaging look at next-generation communications, here’s a sampling of features.
TMCnet contributor Mae Kowalke reported how more Communications Service Providers (CSP) are considering outsourcing part or all of their network, business and IT operations. For example, one of India’s largest CSPs, Reliance Communications (News - Alert), announced an agreement with long-standing partner Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) to outsource significant parts of its operations. The deal, lasting through 2020, will provide Reliance a wide range of services.
California State University (CSU) system, believed to be the largest four-year, U.S. state university system, has selected Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) as its partner for transforming its IT network. Elsewhere in California, the decision may be a harbinger of other university systems following its lead. CSU has 23 campuses, some 430,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff members.
ALU will upgrade the CSU backbone network across 22 of those 23 campuses to 10GigE so CSU can take more advantage of cloud computing. The deal is valued at $22 million over the next eight years.
TMCnet’s Mae Kowalke reported how mobile network operators (MNOs) are increasingly turning to small cells technology. Small cells, with or without Wi-Fi, such as those offered by Alcatel-Lucent with its lightRadio Wi-Fi solutions, allow MNOs to cheaply beef up areas that have added traffic.
MNOs are also benefiting from market research.
Mae Kowalke also reported in an intriguing case study how Dalton Utilities saw a need for economic improvement in the early 2000s in Dalton, Ga., and also knew that an all-important telecom infrastructure needed to be built in Dalton. The utility wanted fiber to home (FTTH) as the telecom infrastructure, and sought a vendor that would be around for years to come and future-proof technology.
That led them to Alcatel-Lucent, which had already completed several similar projects and was backed by Bell Labs innovation. Alcatel-Lucent helped them install the OptiLink broadband service. It offered high-speed, fiber-based Internet, phone and television.
Finally, here are some recommendations for your weekend reading starting with two Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles:
Why an IP/MPLS Network Makes Sense for Smart Grids
A Changing Market Environment Demands a High Leverage Network
That’s all for this week! Check in again next week as TMC comes off its activity at ITEXPO (News - Alert) with more exciting developments, moving 2013 along at a great clip.