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Alcatel and Elisa announce network upgrade

Alcatel-Lucent and Elisa, Finland’s provider of mobile and fixed broadband services, have announced a significant network upgrade that will give Elisa ultra-broadband capacity. Finland has one of the highest mobile penetration rates and customer usages in the world.

The companies say the project will provide a highly scalable and agile network architecture allowing Elisa to continuously improve the customer experience by offering significantly better performance. They say enhancements will include smoother video downloads, improved service redundancy for increased reliability and greater responsiveness as well as the ability to offer new and more personalised services.

Alcatel-Lucent says its technology being deployed includes: 7950 eXtensible Routing System (XRS) core router, 7750 Service Router (SR), 7210 Service Access Switch (SAS) family for aggregation, 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) for management and a service portal for provisioning. Alcatel-Lucent will also be supplying installation and commissioning, lifecycle program management, operations support and consulting.

Timo Katajisto, executive vice president of Elisa, said: 'Finns use the most mobile data per capita in the EU, which requires us very high standards for being able to fulfil all future needs our customers have. The world of our customers will become even more digital as data centres evolve into cloud services and the use of IPTV services continues increasing. Upgrading our core network to the new generation IP/MPLS network will ensure enough capacity and speed for our customers also in the future.'

Luis Martinez Amago, Alcatel-Lucent's president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, added: 'Alcatel-Lucent’s repositioning as a specialist in IP, cloud and ultra-broadband access technologies is enabling the company to support operators like Elisa in addressing their operational challenges. We are providing Elisa with a highly scalable and agile IP/MPLS network architecture.'

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