Oi begins update to broadband network with Alcatel-Lucent

Oi has begun implementation of a new broadband data communication network architecture from Alcatel-Lucent.

The new network architecture will boost the efficiency of services provided to its customers and reduce the company’s infrastructure costs. The innovation enables the efficient use of all bandwidth available during peak consumption periods to avoid network congestion and slowdowns.

Oi’s implementation of a “single edge” architecture began in late 2014 as part of a technology partnership with Alcatel-Lucent. The deployment of the vendor’s 7750 Service Router at the network edge enables providers to offer access network services, such as mobile, broadband, IPTV and B2B from a single platform.

By eliminating the need for individual management of each type of access network, the single edge architecture helps Oi solve problems faster as well as minimise maintenance and operation costs. This innovation will allow a reduction of nearly half of the equipment currently installed at Oi’s IP access network plant.

The implementation of the new architecture began in cities designated as priority markets, but the entire project aims to serve 167 municipalities by 2016, reaching approximately 6 million Oi broadband subscribers and more than 9,000 of the company’s corporate customers.

Oi and Alcatel-Lucent are already working together on another ongoing structural project: the implementation of an innovative technology that will increase streaming data ability of Oi’s telecommunications network backbone by 57%. The project is based on the use of OTN (Optical Transport Network) equipment, with 100 Gigabyte circuits that cover 30 thousand kilometres of network. That project will further strengthen Oi’s network backbone as it prepares to meet the growing data consumption in the upcoming years -- a worldwide trend in the telecommunications sector.

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