Czech, Korean, and Belgian Successes for Alcatel-Lucent

September 27th, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) has had quite a news blitz lately, and it has continued this week with a bunch of interesting international wins.

Just this morning, we learned of the first new customer for Alcatel-Lucent’s new VDSL2 with Vectoring solution: the Belgian incumbent Belgacom. This will surprise pretty much nobody, as the two companies have been VDSL2 buddies for a long time. Belgacom will use the new Vectoring-powered product to boost performance to guaranteed speeds of 50Mbps across much of their footprint by 2014. VDLS2 coverage as it stands for Belgacom is 78.9%, with 85% on the way by the end of 2013.

In Prague the story was 100G, as T-Mobile Czech became the latest service provider to roll out the big pipes. Select portions of their fiber backbone, i.e. between Prague and a few other large cities, have been upgraded to 100G already, and the new infrastructure is intended to underly the company’s 3G/HSPA+ network. One wouldn’t normally pick the Czech Republic as ground zero for the latest 100G technology ahead of some of the better known high bandwidth pieces of the internet. But it makes for a nice testbed for T-Mobile I guess.

In Korea it was their 7750 Service Routers, which KT is using to increase speed and quality for their residential customers in Seoul and GangWon. Korea is one of the most connected markets in the world, which means there are a heck of a lot of residential bits flying over the network.

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