Paris, March 28th, 2011 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris
and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has been selected by MTN Nigeria, the
country’s leading telecom operator with over 30 million subscribers, for the
transformation of its DSL access and aggregation network. Alcatel-Lucent’s
solution will enable MTN Nigeria to cost-effectively transform its TDM-based
transport networks into an all-IP powered network.
By transitioning from legacy TDM to next-generation IP, MTN will realize a
simplified, lower cost, reliable and highly scalable infrastructure that will
grow as they do. Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS-based solution and a rich set of
comprehensive services will also enable MTN Nigeria to generate new revenue
streams by leveraging broadband IP to deliver video rich content and multimedia
data services and application awareness to deliver premium and managed services
to enterprise customers.
This new network is based on Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network™ (HLN)
architecture, which combines an all-IP network infrastructure, underpinned by
MPLS and pseudowire technologies, with embedded intelligence and application
awareness in order to improve the end-user’s experience and bring new services
to market more efficiently on a common IP platform.
According to Ahmad Farroukh, CEO of MTN Nigeria: “Since its inception, MTN
Nigeria has invested in cutting-edge technology in order to deliver world-class
products and services to our customers. We are pleased to partner with
Alcatel-Lucent to deliver a solution that will improve customer experience. Our
customers are kings and we are committed to deploying the latest advances in
technology to serve them better”.
“Alcatel-Lucent is fully engaged to help customers drive their
transformation and business in the most cost-effective way”, said Adolfo
Hernandez, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in EMEA. “In this regard,
we will ensure MTN Nigeria will save on OPEX due to the simplicity of common
operational processes and procedures and they’ll have a network in place which
supports a smooth transition to Long Term Evolution (LTE) if they choose to do
Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its
industry-leading IP/MPLS solution, including its 7750 Service Router (SR) and
7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620
Service Aware Manager (SAM). The Alcatel-Lucent IP portfolio will allow MTN
Nigeria to deliver scalable, evolvable, cost-efficient and fully-managed
IP-based transport allowing the leading operator to reduce operating
expenditures and quickly deploy advanced, revenue-generating services.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide MTN Nigeria with a set of comprehensive
professional services including project management, engineering, training,
survey, installation, and cabling as part of the agreement.
About MTN Nigeria
With over 30 million subscribers and Naira 563-billion invested on network
infrastructure alone, MTN has taken the lead in providing world-class telecoms
services since 2001. MTN commissioned a 7,815-kilometre fibre optics network in
2006 – Africa's longest private superhighway. Our investment strategy is driven
by a commitment to roll out infrastructure and technology that sets the pace
and stimulates socio-economic development.
For more details visit: http://www.mtnonline.com/