SK Telecom to deploy IP/MPLS mobile backhaul

SK Telecom, Korea’s largest mobile operator will deploy an IP-based mobile backhaul network to support LTE-Advanced services.

The company’s new IP/MPLS mobile backhaul network offers ultra-broadband to its customers throughout South Korea. The mobile backhaul solution will be deployed in October and will link SK Telecom cell sites.

With this new solution SK Telecom will support LTE-Advanced, LTE, WiBro (WiMAX), and Wi-Fi mobile data traffic as well as improve the quality of its mobile IPTV service named ‘B tv mobile’, and improve customer satisfaction by offering new mobile services.

SK Telecom is the first service provider in the world to commercialize LTE-Advanced when it launched service in June 2013, and expanded its LTE-Advanced service to the main areas of 84 cities nationwide in late July. LTE-Advanced offers ultra broadband network speeds of up to 150 Mbps, which is two times faster than that of LTE, and up to 10 times faster than 3G networks.  LTE-Advanced users can download an 800 MB movie in just 43 seconds.

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) will deploy its 7750 Service Router (SR)and 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM). The company is rapidly accelerating investments in IP routing to help customers evolve as quickly as possible to all-IP networks. This will help them to rollout services more quickly and efficiently and meet their customers’ data demands today and into the future.

Chi Il Yoo, head of Alcatel-Lucent Korea said, “Alcatel-Lucent has been deploying all-IP networks throughout Korea. Based on the successful deployment of those IP projects, we are committed to supplying our core router solution to the major service providers. And with this award, we are strengthening and expanding our position in IP-related areas such as datacenter, cloud, network function virtualization and software defined networking in local markets.”

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