Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA (LMT), Latvia’s first mobile network operator, has selected NEC to supply a national Packet Transport Network (PTN). The backbone network will support next-generation mobile backhaul services with transmission speeds of 10 Gbps.

NEC will equip more than 50 nodes with its MN5000 Series PTN solutions. These range from compact access devices to high-capacity aggregation nodes transporting E1, Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) and Ethernet-based mobile broadband traffic. The company will ensure the network has a high level of resiliency by deploying Multiprotocol Label Switching – Transport Profile (MPLS-TP), which also ensures low OPEX.

“We chose a packet transport network based on MPLS-TP because it gives us deterministic traffic paths, which can be easily and quickly configured. It is a relatively easy step for us to migrate our backbone from SDH to MPLS-TP, giving us the scalability we need without a major upheaval in our operations,” said Jevgenijs Busarovs, Vice President and CTO of LMT. “NEC was able to provide us with the ideal combination of the NEC MN5000 series combined with Wavelength Division Multiplexing equipment.”

Fredrik Tumegård, President and CEO of NEC Scandinavia, said, “NEC is providing next-generation mobile backbone solutions that ensure LMT can meet the unrelenting demand for capacity from its mobile broadband customers. This move builds upon NEC’s role as a strategic supplier of microwave equipment to LMT for almost 15 years. It is a great demonstration of our broader delivery capability to an important client.”