AIS taps Alcatel-Lucent for Thai optical network

Alcatel-Lucent is deploying a 100G optical transport network for Thai operator AIS.

The network will help AIS to meet the growing demand for data capacity being created by increasing ownership of smartphones and tablet devices, as well as by tourism, a major element of the local economy.

AIS is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) optical platform, combining it with elements of the existing 10G optical network. As a result, Alcatel-Lucent will help cost-effectively transform the AIS network, allowing the operator to provide high-speed, ultra-broadband Internet access in the face of demand which is doubling year-on-year.

The vendor is upgrading the network from Bangkok and out to the North and Northeast regions of Thailand. Alcatel-Lucent is providing its 1830 PSS platform and the award-winning, single-carrier 100G/200G DWDM optical linecard. This will allow AIS to evolve its transport network capacity from 10G to 100G, and 200G in the future, without additional investment in hardware.

Value-added Operations Administration and Maintenance (OAM) capability provided by Wavelength Tracker will enable AIS to better manage its network. Wavelength Tracker automatically monitors and adjusts wavelengths and power levels at any point in the network to isolate faults, monitor performance and correlate alarms.

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