UAE operator consolidates network management

Demand for high-speed broadband access, IPTV services, mobile video and more is expanding dramatically in the UAE. One of the country’s leading operators, du, is deploying state-of-the-art IP routing technology in order to simplify its network operations in light of this.

Using technology from Alcatel-Lucent, du will eliminate the need to manage multiple networks. Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent started deploying an industry-leading solution (IP/MPLS), as well as providing du with a set of comprehensive professional services that include project management, network design, installation and commissioning, software integration and operations.

“Convergence of fixed and mobile networks is a logical evolutionary step in our growth story. This stems from the increasing propensity of our customers to access everything from a single device,” said Osman Sultan, CEO, du.

Beyond just consolidating services onto a single network, du will be able to take advantage of intelligence within Alcatel-Lucent’s routers to deliver enhanced residential video and business network services, with the support of capabilities such as video optimisation and Application Assurance, which can guarantee that services are delivered with the right quality levels.

Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent’s CEO, said: “The new IP network we have deployed for du gives them an important and simplified tool for addressing the explosion in broadband data, and the embedded intelligence allows them to offer differentiating services to their customer base.”

Last month, ALU and du successfully deployed the first phase of the network with several sites across the three main regions (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain) now carrying mobile traffic.

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