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French telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent and Ooredoo Algeria have built a high capacity optical transport network that would provide high-speed broadband access in the country

The network would be Africa’s first 400G backbone, and help connect Algiers, Constantine and Oran as well as smaller cities in the North African nation. According to Alcatel Lucent officials, the new network would be enabled to handle high bandwidth data services such as HD video streaming, cloud services and next-generation mobile broadband applications.

Pierre Chaume, vice-president of Alcatel-Lucent MENA, said, “Thanks to 400G and the efficiency of OTN sub-wavelength grooming, Ooredoo Algeria’s new network will support the booming explosion of data traffic generated by the proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in the most economical way. As Alcatel-Lucent, we are proud to be Ooredoo’s partner in the transport area and to enable Ooredoo Algeria to be the first service provider to deploy our 400G solution in Africa.”

The 400G backbone network would be based on the Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical transport technology, using the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) Platform that is now considered a “mainstay” of the company’s terrestrial optical business.

Joseph Ged, CEO at Ooredoo Algeria, said, “Ooredoo Algeria has the fastest growing 3G network in the country and in north Africa. Our 400G network will be instrumental to support the best quality of experience (QoE) for our customers as well as to increase our market share in Algeria. We intend to consolidate our technology leadership within the Maghreb region but also in Algeria in order to offer to our clients best-in-class network in terms of capacity and speed.”

The 400G backbone network, expected to be fully operational by 2014, will provide speedy and reliable service to Algerian customers, confirmed Ooredoo officials.

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