UPC Cablecom to connect Orange 4G

November 19, 2013 09.30 Europe/London By Julian Clover

UPC Cablecom’s Business division is to connect Orange Communications SA to its Carrier Ethernet platform.

Over the next two years, the Swiss operator plans will connect more than 1,000 4G masts with top bandwidths of between 1 and 10 Gbps.

Customers of UPC’s mobile offering, which runs an MVNO through Orange in Switzerland, will also benefit from the additional capacity.

It is the largest contract to date for UPC Cablecom

Johan Hall, Chief Technology Officer at Orange, says of the awarding of the contract to
UPC Cablecom: “We wanted a real Layer 2 Ethernet service with an end-to-end quality guarantee and monitoring of our national sites including VLAN flexibility. We are pleased to have found the best solution for this in UPC Cablecom business.”

In the third quarter of this year, UPC Cablecom became the first provider in Switzerland to launch new-generation Ethernet services across the whole of the country.

UPC Cablecom will therefore take over the backhaul for more than 1,000 4G masts over the next two years. Each mast transmits data via cables with a capacity of between 1 and 10 Gbit/s. The first 70 masts are set to be connected this year.