BT inks five-year deal with Alca-Lu for bandwidth improvements

4 May 2010

French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent has inked a five-year deal with British fixed line incumbent BT that will see it boost the telecom operator’s bandwidth capacity. Under the terms of the deal Alca-Lu said that it had agreed to evolve BT’s 21st Century Network (21CN) by leveraging its High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture and transformational services, which would enable the telco to expedite network convergence, increase capacity and deliver content cost effectively as it prepares to introduce new video-rich services to an expanded base of wholesale and retail subscribers. Alca-Lu has said it will provide an end-to-end transport solution which tightly integrates IP and optical transport resources along with professional services such as project management, design, installation and commissioning, repair and return and software updates which will help BT manage the rapid growth in network traffic, while substantially cutting operational and maintenance costs. Commenting on the development, George Nazi, managing director at BT 21CN Core Convergence, noted: ‘21CN is a huge transformational programme. It’s about providing a network for the future which requires a game-changing approach. Alcatel-Lucent came up with an innovative solution that will help us keep 21CN at the forefront of innovation and radical change.’

United Kingdom, Alcatel-Lucent, BT Group (incl. Openreach)