Paris, March 30, 2009 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:ALU) today announced that it has been awarded an extension contract by Delta Telecom, a fast growing data, voice and backbone service provider in the Caucasus region, to extend its IP Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) backbone network. The scope of the contract includes design, deployment and maintenance of the network.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Carrier Ethernet and IP/MPLS solutions enable Delta Telecom LLC to offer highly reliable communication services to its business customers. The newly upgraded IP/MPLS network will form the platform for future services, which will enable the next wave of advanced services with minimal further investment.
Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS solution supports Delta Telecom’s evolution to a packet-based network architecture as part of the operator’s ongoing MPLS network transformation process. This approach enables Delta Telecom to support the convergence of IP voice, data and video over Layer 2 and/or Layer 3 business VPN services with the performance and resiliency necessary to run latency-sensitive applications. The solution also enables Delta Telecom to tailor business VPN service offerings to each enterprise’s unique requirements.
”Market demand for higher bandwidth and the spread of interconnectivity in Azerbaijan is increasing at an extremely fast pace. Economies of scale inherent with this expanded IPMPLS network will enable Delta Telecom to offer reduced tariffs to its service provider customers; which is an important ingredient in developing our affordable broadband strategy” said Ramazan Valiyev, General Director of Delta Telecom.
”IP/MPLS is the strategic direction for network transformation and will help us to meet customers’ demand for advanced data services. We believe Alcatel-Lucent’s premium IP/MPLS solution and experience in network transformation will give us a significant advantage as we move to the next phase of our network infrastructure, he added.”
“This exclusive project solidifies Alcatel-Lucent’s strong presence in Azerbaijan and our commitment to enable Delta Telecom to provide enhanced communications to their end-users, narrowing the digital divide so crucial to economic and social development.” said Sevket Kaan Aðaoglu, Alcatel-Lucent’s Country Senior Officer in Azerbaijan.
Over 250 service providers in more than 100 countries around the world have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio as key elements of their IP transformation. According to Ovum RHK, Alcatel-Lucent holds the # 2 position in the IP/MPLS Edge market segment.
About the Alcatel-Lucent solution
In the frame of the contract Alcatel-Lucent will expand existing 7750 and 7450 based IPMPLS network with 7750SR7, 7450ESS7, 7450 ESS6 and 7210 SAS for the backbone network. With added capabilities, Delta Telekom LLC will ensure delivery of high performance data, voice and video services, and offers a wide range of interfaces with exceptional high availability and advanced service capabilities.
About Delta Telecom
Delta Telecom is the leading telecom operator in the Caucasus region. The company provides professional telecommunication and communication services on the basis of the license 001514 given on December 30, 2005 by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan Republic. Delta telecom owns the largest Internet backbone network in the region. The backbone network’s platform is based modern technologies provides professional IP backbone services to all ISPs of Azerbaijan and more than 78% of Georgia. The company’s DWDM network infrastructure covers all regional centers and international gates. Interconnection’s capacity with neighbor countries reached to tens gigabit per second. More than 87% of local Backhauling services for mobile operators, ISPs, banks and more commercial organizations proving over DWDM/SDH infrastructure. Delta Telecom’s Carrier Ethernet and Metro Ethernet network infrastructure has the capability to accommodate corporate networks, DATA services, and professional IP/MPLS services. This network infrastructure is the main IP transmission solution for local ISPs for IP Backbone services. For developing ICT in regional and mountainous areas Delta Telecom’s Satellite Backbone services is a flexible solution. The platform based DVB-RCS technologies provides professional telephony services to hundreds of villages in mountainous areas. More than three thousand VSAT stations provide high-speed Internet, data and telephony services in the regions inaccessible over terrestrial infrastructures. The main slogan of Delta telecom is to follow new modern technologies. The company continues to keep a leading position in modern technologies implementation and was the first to implement Pre WiMAX, 802.16d in the region also is Delta Telecom’s practice. Delta Telecom’s achievements will also include being the first to deploy mobile WiMAX and IMS technologies. http://delta-telecom.net/
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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