French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) recently included a number of innovative solutions to expand its range of Ultra-Broadband Access product line. These new solutions were unveiled at the Broadband World Forum 2013, where Alcatel-Lucent presented itself as a specialist in IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access in tune with its Shift Plan initiative.
These new services are designed to enhance the networks of fixed, wireless and cable operators for providing ultra-speed broadband access to subscribers at reduced costs. The new services include Micro-nodes and Motive Service View solutions along with EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) fiber solution that was launched on Oct 16.
EPON fiber solution enhances the existing network and bandwidth to provide advanced services including IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) and high-speed Internet, while improving customers’ business services.
Micro-nodes are fixed-access miniature nodes enable operators to increase their network coverage with existing copper infrastructure. These nodes make the VDSL2 (Very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line 2) vectors faster and more cost effective.
Motive Service View requires micro-nodes and EPON Fiber to make the entire network visible by giving a clear picture of the network services and all devices connected by the customers. The valuable information gathered in the process allows the operators to provide competent services to the subscribers.
The existing services provided by Alcatel-Lucent include lightRadio LTE (Long Term Evolution,), small cells and Wi-Fi for mobile service providers, GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) EPON and VDSL2 vectoring for fixed networks, and Motive Customer Experience Management solutions to enhance customer engagement.
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