Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has been selected to deploy an IP-based mobile backhaul network to support LTE-Advanced services for South Korea’s largest cellco by subscribers, SK Telecom (SKT). According to the French-US vendor, the Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching-based (IP/MPLS) mobile backhaul solution, which will be deployed in October 2013, will link the operator’s cell sites, with the new solution allowing SKT to support Long Term Evolution (LTE), LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), WiBro (the regional variant of WiMAX) and Wi-Fi mobile data traffic. Further, the new solution will also reportedly improve the quality of its ‘B tv mobile’ mobile IPTV service, and enhance customer satisfaction by allowing for the introduction of new mobile services. As per the terms of the agreement, Alca-Lu will deploy its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM). No financial details of the deal have been disclosed.
Commenting on the matter, Chi Il Yoo, head of Alcatel-Lucent Korea, said: ‘With this deployment by SK Telecom we are once again demonstrating Alcatel-Lucent’s significant momentum in the IP business which we have targeted in our recently announced ‘Shift Plan’ as the market area with significant future growth opportunities for our company.’