The Malta Independent 26 March 2019, Tuesday

Go Deliver superfast broadband services

Malta Independent Sunday, 2 October 2011, 00:00 Last update: about 6 years ago

With the help of Alcatel-Lucent, GO is now delivering superfast broadband services – including video, high-speed internet access and voice services – to its subscribers.

Today, new applications such as peer-to-peer social networking, online video sharing and video gaming are dramatically increasing capacity demands on communications networks, and service providers such as GO are looking for ways of accelerating the availability of higher speeds and bandwidth immediately to address this demand. To help meet this need, Alcatel-Lucent is providing GO with a state-of–the-art portfolio of fibre and copper-based access technologies that will help them connect their customers in the fastest and most cost-effective way.

GO Chief Technical Officer Michael Mertsch said: “We are committed to addressing our customers’ needs for higher bandwidth, faster speeds and enhanced reliability, while reusing much of our existing infrastructure, helping reduce our investment costs. Alcatel-Lucent’s expertise is helping us modernise today’s network with tomorrow’s capabilities.”

Alcatel-Lucent Mediterranean Customer Unit president Gianluca Baini said: “Because widespread installation of fibre is a lengthy process, service providers need additional technology options for delivering high-performance bandwidth in a shorter time-frame. Our High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture supports a mix of advanced copper and fibre technologies such as VDSL2, which is boosting bit rates on existing infrastructures to help service providers enhance their network today and stay ahead of the broadband curve for many years to come. GO will be able to make its service offerings even more attractive and competitive very quickly, while making the best use of its existing investments.”

Alcatel-Lucent is providing GO with its industry-leading Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM), which supports passive optical networking (PON) and digital subscriber line (DSL) technologies on the same platform. GO is already delivering faster broadband services with VDSL2, an advanced copper access technology, and has completed successful lab testing of Gigabit PON (GPON) fibre-based access.

With the ISAM product family, GO can support a mix of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) deployment models, giving them enormous flexibility to choose the quickest, most cost-effective way to meet subscribers’ broadband needs. The ISAM family is a cornerstone of Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network™ architecture. This new project further strengthens the cooperation between Alcatel-Lucent and GO that has already seen the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s access, optical, mobile and wireless transport solutions.

Alcatel-Lucent is a worldwide leader in the deployment of GPON technology, having been involved already in more than 100 FTTH projects – over 85 of which are based on GPON. The company’s GPON customer base not only consists of leading operators such as Verizon, Portugal Telecom and Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd, but also includes a considerable number of utility companies, municipalities and regions around the world. Alcatel-Lucent has unparalleled expertise in VDSL2, having supplied more than half of the VDSL2 lines in the field today, worldwide. Over the past eight years, it has pioneered innovative approaches to allow operators to get the most out of their copper plant: for example, high-capacity VDSL platforms and VDSL2 Bonding deployments, both of which were market firsts.

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