Telefonica selects Alcatel-Lucent for IP transformation

Telefonica has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent for the upgrade of both its fixed-line and mobile networks, using the French vendor’s IP technology.

The upgrades are designed to meet the growing consumption of data and video from Telefonica customers, while simultaneously ensuring optimal operational cost and efficiency.

In 2014, Telefonica tripled its pay-TV subscriber base to 1.9 million customers, and with the expansion of its Movistar TV service, as well as the integration of Canal+, Telefonica predicts this customer base to hit four million by the end of the year.

“As we ramp up our video and high-bandwidth data service offers we are committed to delivering the best possible quality of experience for our customers,” said Joaquin Mata, network technology and operations director, Telefonica Spain.

“By working with Alcatel-Lucent to leverage its IP routing and services expertise we will be able to manage our network with even greater efficiency.”

Over the course of three years, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its IP routing portfolio in a bid to simplify Telefonica’s network. This involves collapsing the traditional eight network layers down to four.

Residential and business services will converge on a single network and the IP service edge will move closer to customers, enabling Telefonica to use network capacity more efficiently and optimise data and video delivery.

“As network transformation specialists we can help deliver the highest flexibility and efficiency into our customers IP networks with a comprehensive portfolio of technology and services,” said Roque Lozano, president of Alcatel-Lucent Spain and global account manager for Telefonica.

“By converging residential and business services and providing routing capabilities closer to the IP edge, we can help customers such as Telefonica get more from their network capacity, while simplifying network structures to maximise user experience for the next generation video services challenging requirements and achieve it at sustainable costs levels.”


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