Telecom NZ to upgrade core network to 100Gbps

Telecom New Zealand has announced plans to upgrade its core transport network to 100Gbps with Alcatel-Lucent.

Telecom New Zealand has tapped network vendor giant Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the core transport network for the company's network to 100 gigabits per second (Gbps).

The upgrade to a converged 100Gbps Optical Transport Network (OTN) is expected to be completed in the course of 2013.

Telecom New Zealand's chief technology officer David Havercroft said the upgrade will improve both mobile and fixed services in New Zealand.

"This investment is about squeezing more bandwidth out of the same amount of fibre," he said. "It will give Telecom's network unequalled reliability, capacity, and performance, and will be crucial to achieving our vision of a data-driven future for New Zealand."

The equipment required for the upgrade has arrived in New Zealand, the company said, and Alcatel-Lucent technicians will begin rolling it out from June.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

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