Market-leading South African operator Vodacom has commissioned Alcatel-Lucent to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution to expand into the enterprise and residential markets.
The new converged network will allow Vodacom to provide customers with ultra-broadband needed to access bandwidth-hungry services and applications such as online gaming and streaming video.
The operator will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end GPON solution, as well as the Motive customer experience platform to provide high-quality network performance through advanced performance management capabilities across both wireline and wireless. Vodacom expects to reach about 150,000 homes and 100,000 business within the next three years.
Vodacom will deploy the new converged network in all major centres in South Africa, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. The converged network will enable Vodacom to offer mobile, voice, video and data services to 250,000 homes and businesses within the next three years.
Willem Hendrickx, President of Alcatel-Lucent Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said: “This effort represents a significant and bold move by Vodacom into the fixed network space and allows them to take advantage of new, revenue-generating business models.”