Alcatel-Lucent to power Colombia's Lazus LTE

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 09-01-2014

Latin American telco Lazus, which operates in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy LTE networks in Colombia. The solution will deliver wholesale metropolitan services for IPTV and triple-play business and cloud services providers.

Lazus will use the converged solution IP/MPLSE to provide 2G, 3G and 4G-enabled services for customers in the cities of Bogota, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Sincelejo, Monteria, Bucaramanga, Cali and Popayan. The network, which will be deployed only in these metropolitan areas, will be operative this year, delivering high bandwidth and high performance mobile backhaul.

In addition to the technology, Alcatel-Lucent will provide network management and network planning tools. Until now Lazus has mainly offered fibre networks solutions for telecom operators in Colombia's main cities, as well as in Panama and Costa Rica.

"The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS solution across Colombia will enable Lazus to remain the leader in our urban markets by offering leading edge services for the newly available 4G-LTE as well as continuing to provide high quality support for existing 2G and 3G services in addition to landline and highway services," said Alberto Polifroni, commercial VP at Alcatel-Lucent.

Thanks to the agreement between both companies, Colombia will increase its LTE capacity during 2014. So far, Une EPM is the only company operating LTE, with Claro, DirecTV and Avantel also planning to start 4G services.