Alcatel-Lucent announced it has deployed a converged communications network for the newly expanded Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport (BBI). The network will be fully operational by May 2011, and will integrate all voice and data communications, as well as security-related applications such as video surveillance and control centre communications, on to a single IP/MPLS network. The new network will be the first IP/MPLS deployment for an airport in Germany and will provide more than 17,000 IP ports for voice, video, data and WiFi access points. ‘BBI airport is expected to accommodate up to 27 million passengers by 2011, with up to 45 million based on predicted growth. The new communications and network architecture provides us with a future-safe infrastructure that can be flexibly developed with the growth of the airport and allows us to also meet the expectations of our customers,’ said Manfred Kortgen, managing director of operations for BBI.