Telefónica chooses Alcatel to transform networks with IP technology


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 20 August 2015

France's Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Telefónica to transform its fixed and mobile networks with its IP technology expertise to meet the growing consumption of data and video by its customers, while ensuring optimal operational cost and efficiency.

Video content is causing data traffic to rise dramatically across Telefónica's networks. In 2014 the company tripled its pay-TV subscriber base to 1.9 million customers in Spain. With the expansion of its Movistar TV service and the integration of Canal+, in addition to the launch of video-on-demand (VOD) and catch-up DVR services, Telefónica looks to continue growing its customer base, which is cited to be already over three million and could reach four million by the end of 2015.

As a result of this, and the growing demand for mobile data, Telefónica aims to increase network capacity and reduce complexity to allow it to manage traffic with better efficiency.

In a three-year project, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its IP Routing portfolio for Telefónica, simplifying the network by collapsing the traditional eight network layers into only four. Residential and business services will converge on a single network and the IP service edge will move closer to customers.

In addition, Alcatel will replace older routers within the network; manage the entire project, including installation and commissioning; and offer a comprehensive portfolio of hardware and software based routing functionalities for enhanced network efficiency.

"As we ramp up our video and high-bandwidth data service offers we are committed to delivering the best possible quality of experience for our customers," said Joaquín Mata, network technology and operations director, Telefónica Spain. "By working with Alcatel-Lucent we will be able to manage our network with even greater efficiency".

"We can help deliver the highest flexibility and efficiency into our customers IP networks with a comprehensive portfolio of technology and services," added Roque Lozano, president of Alcatel-Lucent Spain. "By converging residential and business services and providing routing capabilities closer to the IP edge, we can help customers such as Telefónica get more from their network capacity".