Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) and Bouygues Telecom announced the signing of multiple agreements to extend their cooperation across IP networks as well as mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access segments. As part of the new agreements Bouygues has awarded multiple contracts to Alcatel-Lucent for system renovation and network configuration.
Michel Combes, chief executive officer at Alcatel-Lucent, said “It is essential for Alcatel-Lucent to accompany our customers in preparing for the future of their networks by being involved in the earliest stage of their development. Our cooperation in such strategic activities with Bouygues Telecom clearly demonstrates their trust in us.”
As per the terms and conditions, Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade Bouygues Telecom's major transport arteries for high-speed optical networks by leveraging 100Gbps technologies. Alcatel-Lucent will further manage the optical backbone network in France that supports all of Bouygues Telecom's fixed and mobile traffic in the region.
Bouygues Telecom announced three major projects for 2014 and Alcatel-Lucent will play a significant role in initiation through completion of these projects. The companies will jointly develop and leverage the IMS, fiber-optic-transport, 4G and IP technologies to create new opportunities across the fixed and mobile telecom business.
Speaking of the decision to expand the long-standing partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, Olivier Roussat, CEO of Bouygues Telecom, said “Alcatel-Lucent is a historical supplier of Bouygues Telecom, and is a trusted partner we work with on a day-to-day basis in strategic areas of our business.”
This is a significant extension for Alcatel-Lucent as Bouygues Telecom is a major service provider in France operating full-service fixed, mobile, entertainment, broadband and cloud computing services for both residential and corporate customers. In fact, the company’s nationwide 4G network currently under deployment covers more than 60 percent of the subscribers in France with around 40 million people using 4G services since October 2013.
Edited by Peter Bernstein