French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Bharti Airtel to upgrade the backhaul networks of the telco’s African subsidiaries with internet protocol/multiprotocol label switching (IP/MPLS) technology, to help support growing mobile data use in Bharti’s African subscriber base. The upgraded backbone network will support all 17 of Airtel’s African units, as well as providing more robust interconnection to global networks. Alca-Lu claims that the single international network will offer a more simple structure to improve performance, and interoperable mechanisms for faster service recovery.
Eben Albertyn, Airtel’s chief technical officer for Africa said: ‘Alcatel-Lucent is helping us to fully utilize the advantages of IP/MPLS technology to economically and effectively handle high volumes of a variety of mobile broadband data and video services. The new network implementation not only provides a substantially improved quality of service for our current customers, it also does an excellent job of preparing Airtel Africa for future international expansion opportunities.’