Vodafone Malta deploys Tellabs solution for LTE

Vodafone Malta has commercially launched its 4G LTE service, supported by a 10 Gbps Ethernet backhaul network using Tellabs 8600 Smart Routers.

Vodafone Malta has its own backhaul network, which consists mainly of 10 Gbps connections over fiber. The new solution comprises Tellabs 8660 Smart Routers, Tellabs 8630 Smart Routers and Tellabs Ethernet Line Card (ELC1) cards, all managed by the Tellabs 8000 Intelligent Network Manager.

“The capabilities we wanted were scalability, ease of management, IP-MPLS capability and support for IEEE 1588 synchronization capability,” said Geoffrey Cauchi, IP and Transport Network Manager for Vodafone Malta.

“Tellabs met all of our criteria. Their solution offers features and capabilities that suit our current and future requirements,” added Cauchi.

Tellabs Professional Services team also helped Vodafone Malta plan and install the Tellabs-based mobile backhaul network. “From our initial discussion, they had a very good understanding of our network and they provided Vodafone with an excellent network design,” said Cauchi.

Tarcisio Ribeiro, Vice President and General Manager, Tellabs EMEA said, “We are pleased to work with Vodafone Malta to launch LTE and support their end-users’ quality of experience.”

In 2014, Vodafone Malta plans to move its 2G and 3G traffic onto the Tellabs-based mobile backhaul network. When the migration is completed, Vodafone Malta’s backhaul network will be all-IP, with TDM traffic carried over IP.

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