Portugal Telecom (PT) has signed a three-year contract with Alcatel-Lucent for the expansion of capacity of its IP/MPLS network. Utilising Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network (HLN), PT aims to evolve its converged IP/MPLS network, and support new video-rich content and data services. The architecture will leverage an all-IP network layered with embedded intelligence and application awareness that will improve the end-user experience. It will also aid PT’s ability to introduce new services more efficiently. The platform will enable the telco to implement 100Gbps Ethernet, L2/L3 mobile backhaul and IPv6 -services that will guarantee available bandwidth and ensure the smooth introduction of new services.
Alfredo Baptista, CTO of Portugal Telecom commented: ‘The growing popularity of video content brings new business opportunities, but also requires a thoughtful transformation of the network. The evolution of the existing network architecture and the full support of IPv6 and 100Gbps, with Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative approach, will give us the flexibility to cope with the growing demand for today’s services and the capacity to offer exciting new services to meet our customer’s needs in the future’.