Swisscom to deliver 1 Gbps in Switzerland

Swiss telecommunications provider Swisscom plans to bring ultra-broadband access speeds of up to 1 Gbps to one million households in metropolitan areas of Switzerland.

Swisscom is using Alcatel-Lucent’s Intelligent Services Access Manager – a highly versatile, high-capacity node for managing various access technologies – to offer the fastest residential broadband service available in Switzerland to date.

The upgraded network will enable Swisscom to meet escalating demand for high-bandwidth applications such as streaming video services, teleconferencing and online gaming, and will contribute to the service provider’s objective of connecting nearly a third of Swiss households to ultra-broadband fiber access by 2015.

Swisscom is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) using point-to-point gigabit Ethernet technology to offer fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) residential broadband services up to 1 Gbps – the fastest in Switzerland.

Deployment is part of Swisscom’s comprehensive strategy to bring the benefits of ultra-broadband to 85 percent of the country’s households and businesses by 2020, using both optical fiber and existing copper infrastructure

Alcatel-Lucent is providing professional services for the rollout and integration of the entire FTTH network. Supporting both copper and fiber technologies, the Alcatel-Lucent ISAM family is the most widely deployed fixed access platform in the world

Heinz Herren, CIO & CTO, Swisscom said, “In order to meet customer demand for increased speed and reinforce Swisscom’s position as market leader we knew we needed a solution that could maximize the performance of our existing infrastructure for the delivery of ultra-broadband while also creating a foundation for future growth and higher speeds. Alcatel-Lucent’s technology is a key element of the solution that accomplishes both of these goals.”

Luis Martinez Amago, president, Alcatel-Lucent Europe, Middle East & Africa said, “As a leader in supplying both fiber and copper broadband technologies, Alcatel-Lucent is uniquely qualified to help Swisscom find the right balance between the two to meet their business objectives.”

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