Oni Communications and Alcatel-Lucent establish a superfast data connection between Portugal and Spain
Companies boost the fiber-optic link between Lisbon, Portugal and Badajoz, Spain to 100 gigabits per second, helping to drive the development of the digital economy on the Iberian Peninsula
Paris, December 13, 2011 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Oni Communications, a leading communications operator in Portugal, today announced the establishment of a superfast 100 Gigabit-per second-connection over the fiber-optic network linking Lisbon, Portugal and Badajoz, Spain, creating one of the fastest, highest capacity data networks in Europe.
High-speed data networks are at the heart of the digital economy, supporting services such as video streaming and multimedia content distribution, social networking, cloud services, e-commerce and a wide array of business services. To meet the ever-growing demand for these high-bandwidth services, Oni Communications is dramatically increasing capacity on its network, while maintaining transmission quality and keeping costs in check.
To accomplish this, Alcatel-Lucent upgraded Oni Communications’ Lisbon-Badajoz link, which was already supporting 10G channels, to 100G. This successful trial demonstrated that Alcatel-Lucent’s single carrier 100G optical coherent technology increases the traffic handling capacity of the fiber-optic link, while simultaneously reducing operations and maintenance costs and lowering power consumption.
Ilídio Cardoso, Board Member at Oni Communications said: “Making the most of our existing fiber-optic networks is extremely important for us today, as it allows us to address exploding traffic growth. Taking advantage of Alcatel-Lucent’s leading technology and expertise in 100G, we have been able to demonstrate our position as a key innovator in the Portuguese telecom market.”
António Beato Teixeira, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in Portugal said: “Oni Communications is continually investing in new capabilities to strengthen its position in the Iberia Region. Our longstanding partnership positions us side-by-side with an operator that has carved a remarkable path of progress over a decade, making important contributions to the development of the telecommunications sector in the country. We are fully committed to support the evolution of Oni’s network, enabling them to deliver the most advanced, highest quality business services to their customers.”
For this project, Alcatel-Lucent supplied Oni Communications with its 1626 Light Manager enhanced with 100G next-generation coherent technology through the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). Designed to address the booming demand for more bandwidth, Alcatel-Lucent’s single-carrier 100G coherent technology offers unprecedented performance in existing 10G and 40G networks as well as brand new networks.
The solution deployed is part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Converged Backbone Transformation Solution, a key domain of the Alcatel-Lucent High Leverage Network™ (HLN) architecture, which is designed to slash transport costs and dramatically reduce operational complexity in core networks.
About Oni Communications
Oni Communications is a communication services provider (voice, data, internet), directly associated with the emergence of Next Generation Networks (NGN) in Portugal. Since its beginning, the company holds its own NGN providing the most advanced communications solutions to the market.
With more than 20% of market share in the corporate and carriers segments, Oni is one of the alternative European operators with greater market share in these segments.
The company is owned by The Riverside Group (60.9%), Gestmin SGPS (37.5%) and other shareholders (4,5%) through WinReason.
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About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.
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 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.
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