Alcatel-Lucent and Algerian Ministry of Post Announces to Build Orval Undersea Cable System
Apr 28 15
Alcatel-Lucent and the Algerian Ministry of Post have signed a turnkey agreement for the deployment of the Orval system, an over 560 km fiber-optic undersea cable that will link Oran in Algeria to Valencia, Spain. With completion expected in 2016, the 100 gigabit-per-second system will deliver an ultimate design capacity of 20 terabit-per-seconds. This speed and capacity will facilitate the delivery of broadband services to an estimated 42 million Internet users in Algeria and Spain. Additionally, the Orval submarine cable system is part of the orsec plan which has been put in place by the Algerian Ministry in order to reinforce the ability to face natural disasters such as in the case of the earthquake in 2003 and of which strengthening international communications is a key element.
Wind Telecomunicazioni Selects Alcatel-Lucent Content Delivery Network Technology to Support its Launch of Premium Video and TV Services in Italy
Apr 24 15
Alcatel-Lucent announced to provide Wind Telecomunicazioni with content delivery network technology to support the launch of new video and TV services for its fixed and mobile subscribers. The provision of Alcatel-Lucents Velocix Content Delivery Network platform will enable Winds customers to manage video traffic on its network, providing an optimized experience for customers regardless of the device they use to access content. With the delivery of video content rapidly moving from traditional broadcasting to content delivered to individuals via a variety of screens and devices, Alcatel-Lucents industrial research arm Bell Labs estimates that online video consumption will have increased twelvefold by 2020, placing considerable strain on fixed and mobile networks. As such, the Velocix platform will provide Wind with the efficiency and agility to manage video traffic as its network grows to accommodate additional demand. This deployment helps position Wind as a key player in the distribution of video content in Italy, and will enable it to bring new services to market. Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its Velocix 7810 Digital Media Delivery Platform, the market leading on-net Content Delivery Network system, used by some of the large operators in the world, including Telus, Oi and Time Warner Cable, among others With video the predominant traffic in any IP-based network infrastructure, Alcatel-Lucents unique understanding and expertise is enabling customers to add intelligence to their networks that improves the customer experience and unlocks revenue potential from new services.
Alcatel-Lucent Launches Rapport Software to Simplify Communications and Collaboration Services Delivery for Enterprises and Service Providers
Apr 21 15
Alcatel-Lucent has launched Rapport™, a software-based, open platform that gives large enterprises and service providers a new, and much more flexible way to deliver communications and collaboration services. With Rapport, the communications network becomes a platform for innovation, enabling the creation of new 'contextual communications', where fundamental services such as voice, chat, video conferencing and sharing become functions available to any application, website or connected object. These services can then be accessed by application developers using open application programming interfaces (APIs) and simple software development kits (SDKs). Rapport goes beyond simple virtualization to fully embrace the cloud with a single software platform that can be deployed on any commercial, off-the-shelf hardware, dramatically driving down the cost and complexity of deploying and managing communications services. Rapport is based on a fully re-architected version of Alcatel-Lucent's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) software, the foundation for the company's award-winning Voice over LTE (VoLTE) solution. Distinct configurations have been developed to address the unique requirements of large enterprises and service providers respectively, and were designed based on years of experience addressing these challenges in live networks. Rapport for the Enterprise; With the growing decentralization and mobility of the workforce, the rapid pace of technology and application evolution, and the shift to a 'bring your own device' (BYOD) model, large enterprises need a new approach to support their communications needs. Rapport helps enterprises cap their investments in legacy PBX and Unified Communications systems. Rapport accomplishes this by offering a single open, communications framework deployed in a private cloud, into which large enterprises can plug in best-of-breed apps to help meet the needs of employees for the latest services, whether in the office or on the move. It can also help enterprises better serve their customers by building communications services into applications, websites and products. With this approach, large enterprises can save up to 50% on their communications infrastructure costs, with the return on investment breaking even in the first year of the transformation. Rapport for Enterprise is designed to address the specific requirements of large enterprises. It is architected to run in a private cloud environment leveraging HP's converged infrastructure platform, which is highly optimized for scalable workloads. Rapport also supports a growing ecosystem of technology providers, including CounterPath, for multi-device softclients and SDKs. Rapport for the Service Provider: Rapport strengthens the communications business case for service providers by enabling them to support VoLTE/mobile, fixed, and WiFi services with a single, more agile cloud communications platform, significantly simplifying and reducing the cost per subscriber to deliver these services. Rapport uses a network functions virtualization (NFV) approach, and works with NFV platforms such as Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand™ to launch VoLTE and new services rapidly to both consumers and businesses and scale dynamically as subscriber demand dictates. Rapport delivers communication services that follow people - rather than devices - based on their presence, location, and availability. Service providers can embed communications into objects, applications and websites, which opens up new retail markets such as wearables, connected homes and telematics. They can also extend services from their single Rapport network to application providers and web companies to pursue new wholesale markets. Rapport comes with an open, vibrant ecosystem of more than 800 developers and partners. This drives innovation by equipping developers with a simpler means of embedding communications into their apps, so that they can focus on developing and delivering their ideas, and not be distracted by the challenges of latency-sensitive, real-time communications. Key facts: Rapport simplifies software lifecycle management and reduces costs with a single cloud communication platform that helps eliminate communication silos. Rapport adapts user experiences to the constantly changing needs of customers. Rapport transforms communications into an asset that can be built into any application, web site and connected object. Rapport is based on re-architected IMS software with fully decomposed Virtual Network Functions, that can be delivered on any commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware, and works with any NFV platform. Rapport enables new services to be more rapidly introduced, through access to communication features through open published APIs and SDKs.