Spanish telecoms group Telefonica has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its IP networks, initially in Argentina and the Czech Republic, with the vendor’s 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS). Following the core router deployment, Telefonica will have a high-capacity IP network in these two markets to support all of its service offerings, including fixed and mobile broadband and IPTV. ‘This collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent is part of a far-reaching network modernisation effort which will give us one of the most powerful and efficient IP networks,’ commented Enrique Blanco, Telefonica’s global chief technology officer, adding: ‘In order for us to dramatically increase our network capacity and intelligence to address our customers’ fast evolving demands we needed the support of a new, truly disruptive solution. The Alcatel-Lucent XRS met this requirement.’ Alca-Lu’s core router will help Telefonica to prepare for the rapid growth in data traffic expected over the next decade with the uptake of smartphones, tablets and bandwidth-hungry services such as video and gaming.
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