Alcatel-Lucent and Ooredoo Algeria , formerly Nedjma and a subsidiary of Ooredoo group, have built a high-capacity optical transport network to connect Algeria’s mains cities of Algiers, Constantine and Oran- as well as smaller cities – with high-speed ultra broadband mobile access.
According to Josepg Ged, Chief Executive Officer at Ooredoo Algeria: “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.”
Alcatel-Lucent is supplying Ooredoo Algeria with its soft decision forward error correction (SD-FEC)-based 100G coherent optical technology developed using the company’s 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE). SD-FEC increases the performance and reach of 400G signals. Ooredoo Algeria is also one of the first operators in the world reaching the highest speed of 63MB/s over its 3G network.
The 400G-based backbone will also be leveraged to support the emergence of a strong Algerian new tech ecosystem. The 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) with high-capacity optical transport network switching capacity and 400G technology will address the booming demand for high-bandwidth mobile data services such as high-definition video streaming, next-generation mobile broadband applications and cloud services.Ooredoo Algeria intends to use the technology to offer to its clients best-in-class network in terms of capacity and speed.
The agile optical network which is Africa’s first Alcatel-Lucent 400G (gigabits-per-second) ‘backbone’ – will be fully operational before the end of 2014. It will provide dramatically increased speed and capacity compared to previous Algerian mobile networks.
The network will be based on Alcatel-Lucent’s Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical transport technology using the 1830 Photonic Service Switch platform, which is now the mainstay of the company’s terrestrial optical business.
Pierre Chaume, Vice-President, Alcatel-Lucent Middle East & North Africa, 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 smart phones and tablets and do so 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. It will enable Ooredoo Algeria to take and maintain the lead in providing robust service in Algeria for the foreseeable future.”
Ooredoo have 2G license and 3G license and invested more than $ 2 billion US for implementation and development of its network. Until the third quarter 2014, Ooredoo Algeria achieved a turnover of more than $ 963 million US and has more than 11.45 million subscribers. Ooredoo aims to expand its 3G services from 9 to 32 provinces by end of the year.