Alcatel-Lucent and Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia to build Colombia’s national broadband network
Alcatel-Lucent’s broadband access, fiber optic and Internet routing technology will be the platform for the delivery of high-quality video, high-speed Internet access and more to millions of Colombian homes
Paris, September 17, 2012 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has been selected by Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia, a leading communications services provider in Colombia, as a major supplier for the deployment of a nationwide broadband network that will connect 753 municipalities across the country. This network will bring high-quality TV, video, voice and high-speed data services to millions of consumers and business users throughout Colombia.
‘The National Fiber Optic Network from Compartel Program’ is a flagship project from the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication (MINTIC). One of its goals is to increase broadband coverage from 27.2% to 95.5% by 2014. Earlier in the year, this project received the prestigious ‘Government Leadership Award 2012’ by the GSM Association (GSMA) as the best Internet access expansion project.
Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s point-to-point fiber broadband access technology and a combination of optical transport and Internet Protocol (IP) routing solutions to provide robust, high-speed video, voice and data connections to multi-tenant buildings, businesses, government offices and individual homes. The networking infrastructure being deployed by Alcatel-Lucent for Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia will connect in 216 municipalities throughout the country.
Alexandra Reyes, CEO of Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia said: “The government of Colombia has set very aggressive targets for increasing the availability of broadband services throughout the country. We turned to Alcatel-Lucent because of its experience with the deployment of large-scale, complex broadband networks. Our collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent – one of the broadband market leaders – will help us to ensure that this project is completed quickly and with exceptional quality.”
Osvaldo Di Campli, leader of Alcatel-Lucent activities in Latin America said: “Alcatel-Lucent has been responsible for many of the largest deployments of video, voice and data services in the world, and will bring world-class expertise and unmatched experience to this project. As importantly, we are deeply committed to helping connect underserved populations around the world, and appreciate the opportunity to engage in this ambitious effort to dramatically increase broadband penetration in Colombia.”
About the Alcatel-Lucent technology being supplied
About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.