AM and Alca-Lu sign mobile backhaul deal

17 Nov 2010

Latin American mobile giant America Movil (AM) has inked a deal with French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent under which the latter will provide an IP/MPLS-based mobile backhaul solution to support next-generation mobile broadband services, including superior high-speed mobile internet access, in eleven of AM’s countries of operation. Alca-Lu will transform AM’s transport networks in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay as the telco looks to prepare its infrastructure to cope with expected rise in demand for data services in the coming years. As part of the three-year transformation project, the vendor is deploying its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM), which it claims will make it possible for AM ‘to deliver scalable, evolvable, cost-efficient and fully managed IP-based transport able to adapt to the expected increase in core traffic for years to come and to adapt to the advances brought about by the introduction of fourth-generation mobile technology.’ Commenting on the deal, Javier Ray, Alca-Lu’s vice-president for the AM account in the Caribbean and Latin America region said: ‘By consolidating services over a single, packet-based network, AM will dramatically simplify operations and reduce operating expenditures as well as be able to offer its customers the highest quality and most advanced mobile IP services … Our industry-leading mobile backhaul solution, which has helped service providers worldwide transform their networks to all-IP, will enable AM to economically and efficiently upgrade its infrastructure.’