Alternative fixed telephony and broadband services provider UCOM LLC has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its national network infrastructure with the deployment of the vendor's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). In a press release, the French-US gear maker said that the PSS will be a key element of UCOM's 100G WDM/Optical Transport Network (OTN) solution. The altco's new IP-Optical converged network is the first in Armenia to offer transmission speeds of up to 100G, it said, and will address traffic growth across the country and enable faster and less expensive deployment of new services to meet demand from residential and business customers for increased bandwidth for new devices, applications and use of the cloud.*Commenting on the upgrade, UCOM director Hayk Yesayan said: 'As we demonstrated by being the first company in Armenia to offer [fibre-to-the-home] FTTH, UCOM is dedicated to staying at the forefront of communications technology advancement in our country. Alcatel-Lucent was able to demonstrate that they had the best solution to meet the growing bandwidth demands of our customers. We look forward to future joint projects with Alcatel-Lucent.'