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SaskTel signs $35 million triple play equipment deal with Alcatel

SaskTel plans to install Alcatel's triple play offering to enhance its Internet and entertainment services across t...

June 2, 2006  

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SaskTel plans to install Alcatel’s triple play offering to enhance its Internet and entertainment services across the province of Saskatchewan. The value of the project is $35 million, and deployment is expected to begin this quarter.

The company’s Max Entertainment Services currently include high-speed Internet access, television, radio and music channels access, as well as Videoon Demand (VoD).

SaskTel will deploy Alcatel’s IP portfolio and access solutions as part of its Next Generation Access Infrastructure initiative to provide bandwidth of up to 40 Mbps and enable new services such as high-definition TV and VoIP.

In addition, the Alcatel solution will enable SaskTel to converge its business and consumer services onto a single next generation IP infrastructure allowing the service provider to achieve economies of scale and maximize theprofitability of services.

SaskTel said collapsing existing overlay networks onto a consolidated IP infrastructure will also enable it to offer IP-based enterprise services such as VPN, transparent LAN and VoIP thus generating new revenue opportunities.

Alcatel products to be installed include the 7750 Service Router, 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, and 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM).

SaskTel will also deploy the Alcatel 7330 ISAM fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), which supports VDSL2 technology to address high bandwidth applications such as HDTV.