Alcatel-Lucent Provides Triple Play Capabilities for KDN

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Alcatel-Lucent Provides Triple Play Capabilities for KDN

Certainly, the individual benefits service providers enjoy from migrating to all-IP networks are many, but they basically all come down to driving revenues while lowering operating costs. It also provides an opportunity to extend their service offerings to deliver not only increased reliability with existing services, but also opens up a world of new service capabilities, like triple play packages across a single converged network.

Today's converged all-IP solutions allow these providers to deliver new, bandwidth intensive multimedia services -- voice, video, and data --across networks that are not only more reliable and less expensive to operate, but also highly scalable to accommodate growth.  


Alcatel-Lucent allows service providers to deliver these new, enhanced services using its Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA), which is specifically designed to meet the high availability, high bandwidth needs of today's multimedia services -- far removed from the best effort solutions available to many subscribers. The key is that TPSDA -- which is already being used in more than 55 live deployments -- creates efficiencies across all network components, creating a more efficient end-to-end delivery mechanism, rather than focusing on a single part of the delivery network.


The latest provider to adopt Alcatel-Lucent's TPSDA is Kenya Data Networks (KDN), one of Africa's largest communications carriers, which is enhancing its service capabilities in 12 metro areas in Kenya to deliver higher quality and more reliable mobile, residential, and business services. 


The network upgrade includes deploying Alcatel-Lucent's GPON solution, which further extends the network equipment vendor's presence in the space, which saw a 30 percent growth in customer base in the past year.  In fact, Alcatel-Lucent has clearly stated its intention to continue to drive broadband adoption via multiple access technologies -- including optical networking.


According to Ovum, Alcatel-Lucent holds the number two position in the IP/MPLS Edge market globally, and leads the EMEA region, with more than 270 service providers in more than 100 countries already leveraging its technology in migrating their networks to IP-based next generation communications infrastructures.


These latest enhancements, which also include additional IP/MPLS service routers, will provide KDN with increased network resiliency, capacity, and flexibility, ultimately allowing it to bring new services to its growing customer base. With the increased network efficiencies, it will also be able to deliver increased QoS and overall performance, critical to effective triple play service delivery to both businesses and residential customers with varying needs and subscription packages.


Specifically, the deal calls for the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent's 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, several 7750 Service Routers, and the GPON-based 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User platform. Alcatel-Lucent's GPON technology is already being used in 80 FTTH project globally, as network operators, like KDN, look to provide higher transfer speeds with increase reliability for their triple play services, along with QoS to meet SLA commitments to business customers. They also pave the way for future mobile services for KDN, as it seeks to become a truly complete source for its customers communications needs.


"We chose Alcatel-Lucent because of its technology leadership in GPON and IP-converged triple play services, as well as its reputation for performance and reliability," said Kai Wulff, CEO of KDN and Group Executive of Altech East and Central Africa.

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