Alcatel-Lucenthas been selected by Lazus – a telecommunications operator working under the model carrier to carriers in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica – to deploy metro networks in nine cities in Colombia. The IP/MPLS solution, to be deployed over the coming year, will deliver high-bandwidth, high-performance mobile backhaul and wholesale metropolitan services for IPTV and Triple Play, business and cloud service providers.

Lazus will use Alcatel-Lucent’s converged Internet Protocol/Multi Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) technology to provide continuous nationwide 2G, 3G and 4G-enabled services for subscribers of their service provider customers in the Colombian cities of Bogota, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Sincelejo, Monteria, Bucaramanga, Cali and Popayan.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing Lazus with a leading edge IP/MPLS solution including the7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS), 7705 Service Aware Router (SAR) and 7210 Service Access Switch (SAS) as well as advanced network management and network planning tools, and professional services.

Alberto Polifroni, Commercial Vice President, said: “The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS solution across Colombia will enable Lazus to remain the leader in our urban markets by offering leading edge services for the newly available 4G-LTE as well as continuing to provide high quality support for existing 2G and 3G services along in addition to landline and highway services.”

Carlos Alberto Peña, Andean region leader, Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Our agreement with Lazus reinforces Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership in IP/MPLS in Colombia. These are quickly evolving markets, especially in the mobile space, and Lazus needed to choose a supplier who could address their immediate needs as well as be depended upon to offer the right solutions in the future. Our offering provides enough flexibility for Lazus to enhance its advanced services in all markets, including highways, corporate, mobile and residential.”