Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica and French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent have inked a deal under which they will collaborate on the deployment of a 100Gbps optical network throughout the north-west, eastern and southern regions of Spain. As per the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform will be the key element of the network transformation, with it claimed that this will enable Telefonica Espana to improve the capacity of its regional networks to meet rapidly growing consumer and business demand for high-speed, ultra-broadband Internet connectivity. Alca-Lu will reportedly provide the Spanish fixed line operator with a DWDM solution with integrated OTN switching and aggregation to support increasing traffic created by video and cloud applications. With the solution offered said to be based on converged 1830 PSS DWDM and OTN technology and 1350 Optical Management System (OMS), Telefonica Espana’s network will have 8.8Tbps of capacity initially, though will be ready to increase to 24Tbps.
Commenting on the development, Roque Lozano, president of Alcatel-Lucent Spain, was cited as saying: ‘Video is becoming an increasing focus for Telefonica in Spain. That means capacity and reliability are critical elements for its nationwide infrastructure. With future video services and mass high-definition video storage in the cloud, Telefonica needed the most reliable and flexible technology available today. Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G solution has everything to take Telefonica to the next level of its network transformation in Spain.’