Telecom New Zealand selects Alcatel-Lucent optical transport for nationwide core network upgrade
High-speed network so span 30 cities throughout the country and supports the New Zealand Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative launched in 2012
Auckland, New Zealand and Paris, France – February 5, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Telecom New Zealand today announced an agreement to deploy an Alcatel-Lucent converged 100 gigabit-per-second (100G) optical network to more than 30 cities nationwide offering high-speed transport services, to help support future Telecom services, including the introduction of a retail fibre product as part of the New Zealand government’s “ Ultra-Fast Broadband” initiative.
Scheduled to launch around the middle of 2013, the new network combines the power of IP and optical networking to help Telecom New Zealand address fast-growing subscriber demand for advanced business services such as high-definition video, high-speed Internet access, Voice-over-IP and the content delivery networks needed to enable movie processing and high-speed data links for Internet servers.
The New Zealand Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative was launched in 2012 to bring high-speed fibre-optic technology to homes, schools, hospitals, marae and businesses.
Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G optical coherent technology takes advantage of unique Bell Labs silicon innovations to support data speeds of 100 gigabits-per-second on each of the 80 wavelengths of an optical fiber, significantly boosting in network capacity and performance.
Telecom New Zealand expects the optical transport network to be operational by mid-2013.
Telecom New Zealand Chief Technology Officer David Havercroft said: “Alcatel-Lucent has been a longstanding, trusted supplier to Telecom New Zealand throughout our networks. We chose their 100G coherent optical transport network based on the best combination of technology capability, commercial terms, in-country support, and proven ability to deliver a large and critical project”.
Andrew Miller, managing director of Alcatel-Lucent in New Zealand said: “The Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative’ is a critical project that will benefit all of New Zealand. Our Optical offering, which is unique in the industry and proven in the global market, will dramatically expand the capacity and advanced business services, helping ensure the best experience possible for Telecom’s customers accessing high-bandwidth services over the nationwide network.”
Telecom New Zealand is New Zealand’s largest telecommunications company. It provides information and communication technology (ICT) services to more than one million fixed line residential and small business customers, more than two million consumer and business mobile customers, and services more than 800,000 broadband connections.
Telecom works for its customers through the Telecom Retail division, which supports residential and small business customers, and its ICT division Gen-i, which supports corporate, government and business clients.
The company owns and operates significant national infrastructure, including the XT mobile network and the core fibre optic network that connects New Zealand’s major towns and cities. It also owns AAPT, an Australian telecommunications company and has a 50% share in the Southern Cross international cable network.
Telecom also contributes generously to the community through the Telecom Foundation, the umbrella organisation for the company’s charitable and community-based initiatives.
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.