Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has reached an important milestone of its deployment of fixed ultra-broadband access technology with Swisscom. The deployment enabled Swisscom to reach its target of connecting about one third of Swiss households – which amounts to 1 millon homes and small businesses – by 2015. The 30 percent of homes in Switzerland that now have access to Gigabit services is among the highest percentagewise in Europe today.
With demand for high-speed ultra-broadband access rising, Swisscom has set itself the target of offering the fastest residential broadband service in Switzerland. With the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s versatile and high capacity Intelligent Service Access Manager fixed ultra-broadband access technology, Swisscom can now offer higher-quality, higher-bandwidth video services, reaching more than one million residential customers. This will take Swisscom closer to its goal of providing ultra-broadband access to 85 percent of all homes and businesses by 2020.
Alcatel-Lucent has also provided its leading professional services expertise to Swisscom, including planning, rollout and installation services to help streamline logistics and ensure Swisscom’s timetables could be met effectively.
- Alcatel-Lucent has replaced Swisscom’s existing fiber network technology which offered 100 Mbps to enable services of up to 1 Gbps symmetrical data speeds – the fastest in Switzerland.
- Alcatel-Lucent deployed its 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) using point-to-point gigabit Ethernet technology to offer fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) residential broadband services to more than 400’000 homes and businesses and potentially to the 1 million homes passed in towns and cities across the country.
- Supporting both copper and fiber technologies, the Alcatel-Lucent ISAM family is the most widely deployed fixed access platform in the world
Heinz Herren, CTO and CIO of Swisscom, said: “We are pleased to work with Alcatel-Lucent to help us achieve our goal of delivering the highest speeds to our customers. Achieving this milestone is significant and will allow us to deliver compelling new services to more than a million homes while further enhancing our subscribers’ quality of experience.”
Patrick Langelaan, Country Senior Officer of Alcatel-Lucent Switzerland, said: “As leaders in fixed ultra-broadband, we are committed to delivering a mix of copper and fiber technologies that can meet the needs of any deployment scenario, helping our customers accelerate their deployment of high-speed ultra-broadband. The deployment of ISAM fiber technology will provide the foundation Swisscom needs as it continues to roll-out higher speed services and grows its customer base further.”