Alcatel-Lucent and Colombia s UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones have launched the country s first 100 gigabit-per-second network to meet increasing demand for ultra-broadband access from both mobile and fixed-line customers in urban areas. It is now delivering streaming video traffic from the world soccer event, via Internet, to UNE s customers.
UNE is using the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform as part of a network transformation aimed at addressing the growing demand for Broadband Internet in Colombia. This project is aligned with the national government s goals to close the digital divide, and its implementation supports Internet growth in the country.
The DWDM/OTN network includes the main fiber rings in Colombia s national backbone network to connect submarine landing points in Cartagena, Barranquilla and Tolu with the main capital cities including Bogota, Medellin, Bucaramanga, Cucuta, Cali, Ibague, Neiva and Popayan.
Alcatel-Lucent is supplying UNE with its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) product family, supporting 100G and offering exceptional capacity and speed when transporting very large amounts of data over long distances, while simplifying operations and reducing costs. The network deployment has been divided in phases: the first phase was deployed in December of 2013 and the second and third phases were completed in June 2014. It is now delivering streaming traffic from the world soccer event, via Internet, to UNE s customers. The network has 8.8 Tbit/s of capacity meaning that it will be able to transport the enormous projected demands of Colombian individuals and businesses for Internet access, 4G LTE connectivity, TV services, data center connectivity, as well as the addition of new services, for the foreseeable future. 64 percent of Colombians currently have Internet access, with a quarter of those people accessing it through mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The Colombia s government goal, with the Vive Digital Plan, is to achieve 8.8 million Internet connections in 2014 and it has now reached over 6.6 million. This means that Internet connectivity growth in the country has grown by 200 per cent.