French telco Bouygues Telecom and Paris-based equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent have signed multiple cooperation agreements for both mobile and fixed broadband access activities, which will see the two companies collaborate on major projects related to voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), IP backbones and network peering equipment. According to a joint press release, Alcatel-Lucent will support the French telco in the deployment of a 4G LTE-based mobile network core for voice and video services, along with the re-use of several functions from its fixed IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network core; the deployment of new Session Border Controller (SBC) equipment ensuring the security of mobile and fixed IP interconnections with other operators; and the provision of Core and Edge routers for the renovation of the IP Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone used to transport all 2G/3G/4G mobile traffic. The agreement builds on a previous contract signed between the two companies at the end of 2013, under which Alcatel-Lucent took responsibility for upgrading Bouygues Telecom’s high speed optical network with 100Gbps technology, along with providing management services for the operator’s backbone network.
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