Alcatel Lucent wins Airtel contract for IP-based network

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on May 31, 2012

Bharti Airtel has selected Alcatel-Lucent to create Internet protocol (IP) access network – based on Carrier Ethernet technology (CEN).

This is aimed at enabling airtel to deliver faster mobile broadband speeds to its customers. This IP network will allow Bharti Airtel to meet the surging bandwidth requirements of customers while accessing data, video and Internet services on an array of devices, such as smart-phones, tablets and laptops.

Mr Jagbir Singh, Director – Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel said, “Given the exponential growth in the uptake of data in India, we thought it is the right time for us to transition to a scalable IP-based access network for reasons of both cost and performance."

" With this we will usher in the next level of user experience that brings alive high-bandwidth applications such as high-speed Internet, interactive TV, mobile video blogging and many more. Alcatel Lucent's IP/MPLS solutions currently operating on our network have been able to manage our data delivery requirements and we are convinced on the scalability aspect of the proposed solution,” he said.

With ever growing 'data' demand for both personal & enterprise broadband services set to soar further, Bharti Airtel's move to create a CEN (carrier-grade Ethernet)-based IP access network will help the company to offer its customers various services such as video streaming, high speed data , social network-based applications, online gaming, video conferencing and online collaboration. Additionally this network would also be catering to the DSL broadband as well as 2G/3G/4G voice and data traffic making it a true converged network.

Published on May 31, 2012

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