Telecom New Zealand has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the telecommunications provider’s core transport network to a converged 100Gbps Optical Transport Network (100G OTN) this calendar year.
Telecom Chief Technology Officer David Havercroft said “this investment is about squeezing more bandwidth out of the same amount of fibre. It will give Telecom’s network improved reliability, capacity and performance, and will be crucial to achieving our vision of a data-driven future for New Zealand.”
The 100G OTN is a next-generation, industry-leading protocol for the electronics that power Telecom’s core fibre network - the fibre ‘backbone’ that transports both mobile and fixed services up and down New Zealand. It brings unprecedented efficiency for Telecom when it comes to transporting multiple services on a single optical network.
The technology is also scalable, and so will build capacity into the network for the data demand growth expected from new technologies (such as Ultra Fast Broadband). It will therefore support advanced business services such as high-definition video, high-speed internet access, voice-over-IP and the content delivery networks needed to enable movie processing and high-speed data links for internet servers.
Andrew Miller, managing director of Alcatel-Lucent in New Zealand said, “we’re delighted to be partnering with Telecom on something that will bring huge benefits to New Zealand. Our optical transport offering, which is unique in the industry and proven in the global market, will expand capacity in the network and help ensure the best experience possible for Telecom New Zealand’s customers accessing high-bandwidth services over the nationwide network.”
Equipment for building the OTN has arrived in the country and Alcatel-Lucent technicians will begin a staged rollout from around the middle of this calendar year.
Mr Havercroft said that Telecom’s investment in the OTN would also drive cost efficiencies by delivering services faster and on a larger scale.