Alcatel-Lucent to transform Tunisiana mobile

Alcatel-Lucent announced that Tunisiana, a mobile operator and a subsidiary of Qatar Telecom, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to transform its mobile network to IP as Tunisiana prepares to evolve to 3G and Long Term Evolution (LTE). Based on its High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture, Alcatel-Lucent’s IP solution gives Tunisiana the infrastructure necessary to meet the demands of its customers for increasingly sophisticated and high bandwidth mobile services.

This includes offering a genuine mobile broadband experience with video, multimedia and data services as well as mobile banking applications. In addition to driving new revenues, Tunisiana will garner significant benefits of an all IP transformation with increased reliability, scalability and speed all while reducing operational cost and complexity.

“By launching an IP-based network, Tunisiana can deploy next generation mobile technologies, such as 3G and LTE, and respond to its customers’ demands for advanced services,” said Adolfo Hernandez, President-EMEA, Alcatel-Lucent.

Tunisia has one of the most developed telecommunications infrastructures in the North African region, with some of Africa’s highest market penetration rates. The pace of mobile phone penetration exploded over the last decade, which at the end of 2009, exceeded 93 percent (source: Africa and Middle East telecommunications news and market research service). Now, as users migrate to smart phones, the need for next generation infrastructures to support the massive increase in bandwidth and demand for advanced services, will become critical.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its industry-leading IP/MPLS solution, based on its 7750 Service Router (SR) along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM). Alcatel-Lucent will also provide Tunisiana with a set of comprehensive professional services including project management, network design, installation and commissioning, software integration and operations.

The Alcatel-Lucent Service Router portfolio is now deployed at 26 of the top 30 carriers worldwide and more than 400 service provider networks in over 110 countries have been deployed since 2004.

The Alcatel-Lucent High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture addresses the dual challenges of simultaneously scaling and managing network capacity to meet increasing bandwidth demand while delivering differentiated, revenue generating services.