Alcatel-Lucent and MTN Nigeria are opening up the benefits of ultra-broadband connectivity by launching a superfast, 100 gigabit-per-second optical fibre network with MTN Nigeria, the biggest mobile phone company in the country.
Both companies announced that MTN Nigeria will deploy a 100G network that re-uses existing 10G optical assets thereby preserving the mobile phone company’s past investments while ensuring future proof and state of art solution, according to a company announcement.
Alcatel-Lucent is supporting MTN Nigeria’s rapid growth in mobile subscribers by building a 100G DWDM/OTN network using it’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform, a family of equipment that has been designed according to the latest international SD-FEC zero touch photonics and coherent technology.
Alcatel-Lucent Agile Optical Networking combines WDM, OTN, and GMPLS/ASON control plane intelligence to assure scalable, versatile, reliable and efficient transport at 100G and beyond.
Lynda Saint-Nwafor, CTO of MTN Nigeria says “MTN realized we needed to upgrade our network to meet customer expectations for ultra-broadband connectivity and high reliability within Nigeria’s very competitive marketplace. We wanted a state of the art solution that met three main criteria: increased network reliability, a high degree of scalability to prepare the network for 400G and beyond, and preservation of our existing 10G investment. Alcatel-Lucent’s demonstrations showed that they could meet all of our criteria and we look forward to deploying the network overlay in 2014.”
Hatim Zougari, Country Senior Officer of Alcatel-Lucent in Nigeria says “we knew that MTN’s top priority was to provide reliability to their customers but they also wanted to offer ultra-broadband and they wanted to retain usefulness of as much of their legacy network as possible. We were able to show that we can give them a cost-effective solution that accomplishes all of their goals in a way that no one else could.”