) recently collaborated with UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones to launch
100 gigabit-per-second network in Columbia. The network is already
aiding UNE customers to enhance their FIFA World Cup experience by
providing speedy and consistent services for video streaming.
UNE has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch
(PSS) platform to enhance speed and capacity of its network. PSS
platform not only substantially enhances the speed and capacity of
UNE by offering 100G service, but will also minimize costs and aid
in transferring large data over longer distances. This will
significantly simplify UNE's operations.
This dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) / optical
transport network (OTN) consists of the key fiber rings in the
country's backbone network. These fiber rings connect the submarine
landing points located in Cartagena, Barranquilla, Tolu to the
primary capital regions like Bogota, Medellin, Bucaramanga, Cucuta,
Cali, Ibague, Neiva and Popayan.
The entire network was deployed over three phases, which reached
completion in Jun 2014.The network has a high transmission capacity
of 8.8 Tbit/s. This will allow people to transfer massive amount of
data for services like Internet, 4G LTE connectivity, TV services
and data center connectivity among others.
Further, this project is also in line with the government's Vive
Digital Plan, which aims to accelerate internet connectivity in the
region for bridging the growing demand while promoting growth in
the country. Per the plan, the government intends to broaden the
internet users' base from 6.6 million at present to 8.8 million by
the end of this year.
Alcatel-Lucent is intending to capitalize on the rising demand
for ultra-broadband access in metropolitan regions from both mobile
and fixed-line consumers. Columbian Internet access currently
stands at 64% of its total population, of which 25% consumers use
advanced mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. Both
Alcatel-Lucent and UNE are likely to gain significantly from this
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