Macau embraces IP, as CTM opts for Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent and Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau SARL (CTM) are collaborating on a new IP service. The roll-out of new critical infrastructure will enable sophisticated Internet Protocol (IP) communications services for CTM's business and consumer customers. Ultimate plan is the realisation of the operator's "Digital Macau" vision.

"Digital Macau" is intended to deliver a new generation of communications services that will keep pace with and support the Macau Special Administrative Region's sustained economic growth. Next-Generation Network (NGN) services will be provided in four key areas: mobile, broadband, high-speed data services and applications. Following its NGN services launch, expected by 1Q07, CTM will further develop advanced services and bandwidth on demand, both with the differentiated Quality of Service necessary to meet customer needs.

The demand for advanced multimedia and data services in Macau is expected to increase sharply in the coming years as investments in the tourism and gaming sector increase. Economic growth is averaging 8%-10% per year. In 2006 alone, gaming revenues will total US$6 billion - matching those of Las Vegas - and hotel-room capacity is expected to double to 30,000 by the end of 2008.

Alcatel-Lucent?s IP portfolio has key features including high-availability, quality of service, and scalability. At the heart of the solution for CTM is the 7750 Service Router (SR), a superior multi-service edge router, built for service providers who are looking to deliver a new wave of business and residential services on a single IP/MPLS network.The solution also includes the Alcatel 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM), which will enable CTM to supply VPLS, VPRN, Internet-Enhanced services (IES) and Virtual Leased Line (VLL) services, for a smooth evolution from traditional routers to service routers.

* Formed in October 1981, Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau SARL (CTM) is a joint venture of the international telecommunications giants Cable and Wireless and Portugal Telecom, together with CITIC Pacific and Macao Post. CTM is the only full telecoms service provider for Macau, and thus strives to provide world class telecommunications services to Macau, eg, Fixed Telephony, Mobile, Internet and Enterprise Solutions.

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