Vodafone Ireland is upgrading its backbone fibre network to meet the increasing demands placed on its network as it rolls out its 3G network.
Alcatel will supply a new optical transmission network, which will enable Vodafone to further support the increasing mobile communications requirements of its 1.8 million subscribers.
Vodafone will use Alcatel’s metro dense wavelength division multiplexing platform, the 1696 Metro Span, together with installation and commissioning services, to streamline its network operations and delivering data and third-generation (3G) services to its end-users.
The network upgrade will enhance Vodafone’s transport capacity to support increased voice and data traffic over its existing network, which leverages Alcatel’s SDH optical multi-service node (OMSNs) systems.
“Vodafone has been undertaking the most aggressive roll-out of any 3G network in Ireland. Alcatel’s solution has the flexibility to expand in order to meet our existing and future needs,” Liam Butler, head of network development, Vodafone Ireland, said.
“Alcatel’s ability to provide a competitively-priced solution, within a short timeframe, enables us to maintain our competitive edge and provide a superior service for our customers.”