Alcatel-Lucent is to deliver the first commercial 4G/LTE wireless network in Uruguay for the state-owned mobile operator Antel. The network will be the first of its kind in a Latin American country.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide Antel with a complete, end-to-end 4G LTE solution – including LTE base stations (eNodeBs), the IP wireless Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and operations and maintenance services. Antel will also be leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s IP portfolio of products for backhaul of the mobile traffic.
The Alcatel-Lucent solution also provides a future evolution path to the company’s breakthrough lightRadio product family that will dramatically reduce operating costs, technical complexity and power consumption in mobile broadband networks. Designed to meet the long-term needs of mobile operators seeking to ensure their networks can handle increasing traffic loads, lightRadio radically shrinks and simplifies today’s base stations, promising greener, simpler, lighter networks.
Antel’s subscribers will be able to take advantage of the most advanced mobile phone services such as, HD video, high-speed navigation, high quality video conferencing, online gaming and other applications. LTE Services will initially be available in Montevideo and Punta del Este, and will evolve to provide additional coverage.
‘Alcatel-Lucent’s combination of global experience and LTE track record, allow us to bring very high speed mobile broadband services into our subscribers’ homes and offices, unlocking a wealth of services to enrich their mobile broadband experience,’ said Carolina Cosse, Antel’s president.
‘This deployment represents a significant milestone for the introduction of the most advanced mobile services in Uruguay and in South America overall. As mobile phone penetration continues to experience very high growth in the region, the delivery of a 4G network will allow Antel to capitalize on this growth by providing their subscribers with a new breed of experiences and capabilities,’ said Gabriel Costa, leader of Alcatel-Lucent activities in Uruguay.
Alcatel-Lucent to supply 100G optical network solution in Argentina
In a separate development, Alcatel-Lucent is to supply Cablevision Argentina, one of the Latin America’s largest cable TV and Internet services providers, with an advanced optical networking solution to deliver services at 100 gigabits per second (100G) speeds.
Cablevision Argentina has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s next-generation 100G optical coherent networking solution to dramatically increase performance and service speeds to meet the growing demand for video, multimedia and Internet applications from its customer base.
Cablevision has more than three million CATV customers and more than one million Internet users in Argentina, and offers the service of Cablevision Digital HD. With the growth of subscribers and traffic quickly exhausting the company’s fiber capacity, the operator was looking for a solution to manage increasing traffic while reducing the complexity and cost of providing high quality services.
Alcatel-Lucent is supplying its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) featuring next-generation 100G coherent technology to dramatically improve capacity scalability. This is the first 100G-capable cable TV network deployed in South America. Beyond expanding network capacity, the solution will help Cablevision reduce operating and maintenance costs and lower power consumption.
The company’s 100G offering is part of its Converged Backbone Transformation solution, a key component of Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network, an architecture designed to assist operators in transforming their networks to deliver advanced, revenue-generating services in a highly scalable and easy to maintain solution.