LIME to deploy Microwave Packet Radio

Cable & Wireless-owned LIME, a leading telecom operator is serving the Caribbean is deploying a Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) solution.

Lime will complete the conversion of the network to an all-IP architecture during the first quarter of 2014 with the help of Alcatel. The new microwave network will complement LIME’s expanding IP/MPLS mobile backhaul to improve efficiencies in the transport network as well as improving the management of ever-increasing data traffic.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its high-speed, high-capacity 9500 MPR throughout the several Caribbean islands LIME serves. The new system will serve as backhaul for the existing wireless networks, and dramatically increase the existing capacity and speed to greatly improve the customer experience on the islands.

The integration of the MPR into the existing 7705 SAR and 7750 SR IP/MPLS portfolio, all managed by 5620 SAM, will allow LIME to construct an end-to-end IP/MPLS network which will enable them to deliver next-gen mobile broadband services including LTE.

With this new all packet network, LIME will be able to cost effectively and efficiently support the increasing demand for wireless multimedia content and business services, while greatly increasing network reliability and robustness. Additionally, the improved connectivity will help improve local economies across the entire service area and also make it increasingly attractive to the important tourism industry.

Carlo Alloni, CTIO, CWC Group said, “We have been working with Alcatel-Lucent for a long time on our IP network and we see the 9500 MPR as the ideal complement to that network given the synergies achieved with the use of the common management system in SAM 5620.”

Hector Nava, sales director for the Caribbean and Central America, Alcatel-Lucent said, “Across the Caribbean we are building an optimized and intelligent transport network for LIME that will provide better wireless voice and data access immediately while also supporting future growth to 4G LTE.”

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