Alcatel-Lucent has won the contract from Vodacom to build a fibre broadband network into South African businesses and homes, the telecommunications equipment vendor said on Monday.
The company, which is headquartered in France, has been contracted to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution, it said. It did not disclose the value of the deal.
Vodacom intends rolling out fibre to about 150 000 homes and 100 000 businesses in the next three years.
“The new converged network enables Vodacom to provide customers with ultra-broadband needed to access bandwidth-hungry services and applications such as online gaming and streaming video,” Alcatel-Lucent said in a statement.
In addition to the GPON network, Vodacom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive customer experience platform for both its wireless and wireless networks.
Vodacom will deploy the new converged network in all major centres in South Africa, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, Alcatel-Lucent said.
The project also includes professional services, operations support systems deployment and managed services, it said. – © 2015 NewsCentral Media