Alcatel-Lucent, MTN Nigeria launch 100 gigabit-per-second fibre-optic network

MTN Nigeria and Alcatel-Lucent have launched a 100 gigabit-per-second fibre-optic network that allows subscribers to enjoy the benefits of ultra-broadband connectivity.

The 100G network re-uses the current 10G optical assets thus preserving MTN’s past investments and at the same time securing the future.

Lynda Saint-Nwafor, chief technology officer (CTO), MTN Nigeria said: “MTN realised we needed to upgrade our network to meet customer expectations for ultra-broadband connectivity and high reliability within Nigeria’s very competitive marketplace.  We wanted a state of the art solution that met three main criteria: increased network reliability, a high degree of scalability to prepare the network for 400G and beyond, and preservation of our existing 10G investment.  Alcatel-Lucent’s demonstrations showed that they could meet all of our criteria and we look forward to deploying the network overlay in 2014.”

Hatim Zougari, Country Senior Officer of Alcatel-Lucent in Nigeria, said: “We knew that MTN’s top priority was to provide reliability to their customers but they also wanted to offer ultra-broadband and they wanted to retain usefulness of as much of their legacy network as possible. We were able to show that we can give them a cost-effective solution that accomplishes all of their goals in a way that no one else could.”

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