Tanzania: TTCL embarks on major network transformation

Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has embarked on a major network transformation that will allow convergence of mobile and fixed access operations.

The transformation, also geared to meet growing demand for bandwidth with high-quality and affordable services under the deal inked between TTCL and Alcatel-Lucent.

According to TTCL, the three years frame agreement penciled in South Africa, will see Alcatel-Lucent’s IP and optical technologies used to transform TTCL network across the country.

TTCL Chief Executive Officer Dr Kamugisha Kazaura said the deal with Alcatel-Lucent would leverage IP and optical transport expertise and warrant new network efficiencies. 

“(The deal)-will allow us to meet the growing demands of our customers and help contribute to the development of ICT in Tanzania,” Dr Kazaura said in statement after signing the deal.

The agreement involving modernisation of IP/MPLS-Multiprotocol Label Switching-and optical transport network will allow TTCL to converge mobile and fixed access operations and meet growing demand for bandwidth with high-quality, affordable services.

The phase one of the project involving nationwide deployment that covers major cities including Dodoma, Arusha, Morogoro, Mwanza and the financial centre of Dar es Salaam - will be completed next month. The Alcatel-Lucent transformation will allow TTCL to prepare for the launch of Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution, (4G LTE) services.

Alcatel-Lucent, Vice President Africa Daniel Jaeger said the contract with TTCL is a significant one for the region and highlights their continued momentum in the IP and optical space.

“With deep-rooted expertise and technology that has been proven in customer networks around the globe, we are in an ideal position to help meet the network convergence needs of customers such as TTCL,” Mr Jaeger said.

The French global telecom will deploy its IP routing and 100G agile optical networking (AON) Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology to transform TTCL’s operations.

The transformation will see converging fixed and mobile access on to one network, with unified management across the IP and optical layers for improved efficiencies.

This will allow TTCL to meet the bandwidth needs of its 300,000 subscribers - even as data traffic increases with the expected arrival of 4G LTE - with high-quality, affordable services.

Alcatel-Lucent is also providing comprehensive training and professional services expertise including site survey, design, installation, testing and commissioning activities as well as migrating services to the new platform.

Under a three year frame-agreement Alcatel-lucent will deploy its 7750 Service Router family, 7210 Service Access Switch, and 7705 Service Aggregation Router for routing and aggregation functionality in the core, metro and access network, and its 1830 Photonic Service Switch, for optical transport network and DWDM functionality.

Mobile phone use in Tanzania is currently at 70 per cent of the population and growing by 20 per cent each year. The industry is facing a new challenge sparked by demand for data after completion of undersea cable.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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