Lattelecom, Alcatel-Lucent extend broadband in Latvia's rural areas

Rural subscribers using Latvia’s copper-wire network are to enjoy the benefits of DSL broadband thanks to a contract placed with Alcatel-Lucent by Lattelcom, the consortium of the Latvian government and Telia Sonera.

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a three-year framework agreement with Lattelecom, a consortium comprising Telia Sonera and the LatvianState, to extend its broadband DSL (digital subscriber line) services to Latvia’s rural areas using Alcatel-Lucent's microwave solution. With this new contract, Lattelecom will be able to expand its subscriber base by offering advanced broadband services to people in previously un-served remote areas, thus significantly enhancing communications services in the country.

Alcatel-Lucent will be supplying its 9500 Microwave Cross Connect (MXC) microwave solution to aggregate and transport DSL broadband network traffic, and also to provide installation and commissioning services. DSL enables much faster connections over existing copper wire.

“This solution will allow us to develop broadband services in those parts of Latvia where optic cable infrastructure is not yet available. The Alcatel-Lucent microwave solution…will allow us to keep our commitment to our clients by offering high-quality broadband connections,” says Lattelecom Network Director Valdis Vancovics.

The agreement with Lattelecom enhances Alcatel-Lucent's presence as a supplier of microwave solutions and data transmission equipment in the Baltic region: “Lattelecom is the first incumbent fixed operator offering broadband communication services in Latvia. It is rewarding to help a pioneer such as Lattelecom bring broadband DSL services to remote areas where these types of services previously were not available,” said Philippe Dumont, President of Wireless Transmission Activities for Alcatel-Lucent. “Skillful management of data transmissions supports the operational efficiency and competitiveness of our customers. The Alcatel-Lucent 9500 MXC solution will enable Lattelecom to develop its network to accommodate growing levels of traffic according to its business needs, while minimising capital and operating costs, and reducing complexity and management requirements.”

With an architecture ready to transport IP and TDM services, the Alcatel-Lucent 9500 MXC solution provides migration from legacy networks, leveraging operators’ existing infrastructure investments at lower cost. Introduced to the market last year, the Alcatel-Lucent 9500 MXC solution is a digital, medium-to-high capacity, point-to-point microwave radio solution that supports PDH, SDH/SONET, Ethernet interfaces and node configurations. It aims to provide solutions for high-capacity applications addressing the transmission needs of public and private telecommunication networks.

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