Alcatel-Lucent to supply IP and optical network upgrade to Thailand’s True Corporation

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Alcatel-Lucent is engaged in a four-year agreement with one of Thailand’s leading telecommunications providers to supply IP and optical network upgrade that will drive speeds of 100G and beyond across True’s businesses in key regions.

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a four-year frame agreement with Thailand’s True Corporation to supply an IP transport network.

True is Thailand’s mobile operator and the country’s leading 3G provider and sole provider of 4G LTE services, as well as being the country’s largest Internet and cable service provider. The upgraded network will converge True’s mobile, cable and Internet backhaul over a common network. At the same time it will provide ultra-broadband speeds of up to 100G across True’s businesses, providing a clear network evolution from 3G to 4G LTE.

The new metro network has the agility, scale and efficiency needed to meet the demands of new application driven, on demand services. This helps True deliver mobile, residential, business and cloud services via a future proof architecture which supports high capacity metro aggregation and transport with speeds of 100G and higher.

Alcatel-Lucent’s simplified architecture for True’s mobile backhaul and broadband network will provide scalability, a single management system as well as one with reduced power and space requirements.

As a result of this network upgrade, True’s customers will benefit from increased reliability as well as increased bandwidth access to meet their surging data demands. This agreement encompasses Bangkok, accounting for 65 percent of Thailand’s telecommunications traffic, and overall covers more than 15 million mobile subscribers and more than one million broadband households.

Alcatel-Lucent technology supplied to True for IP Routing includes: 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR), 7210 Service Access Switch (SAS), 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS), 7750 Service Router (SR), 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM).

Speaking on this development, Vichaow Rakphongphairoj Managing Director and Group Chief Operating Officer, True Corporation said: “Today our business is all about quality and cost efficiency. Alcatel-Lucent’s commitment on both key business criteria is strong and is the foundation of our partnership, True looks forward to a long and profitable collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent.”

Talking on this announcement, Sebastien Laurent, President & Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent Thailand, said: “Enabling True Corporation with network technology gives real meaning to our Bangkok-based regional IP routing and transport delivery team. We are increasing the reliability of their network performance across the board and the access speeds their customers will enjoy on their phones and their computers will provide for an extremely positive converged experience.”


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