September 13, 2012
Azteca Selects Ericsson as Network Provider
By Rahul Arora
Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia, a company that holds part of Colombia's Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications National Fiber Optic Project, recently selected Ericsson (News - Alert) as a network provider to deploy Colombia’s largest and most modern fiber optics networks.
According to the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will provide SSR 8000 family, the most recent addition to Ericsson’s IP Edge product portfolio. The solution is suitable to offer modernization of networks that require massive scaling in both data and control planes for fixed and mobile network infrastructures.
"For Colombia, the 'information superhighway' is a fundamental tool to promote national advancement through the use of technology,” said Alexandra Reyes, CEO at Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia. “Together with Ericsson, we will bring high-speed broadband to even the most remote regions of the country.”
“We expect this to result in broad access to competitive services, increased employment and provide better welfare for the population," she said.
The Ericsson SSR 8000 family of Smart Services Routers provides operators with a highly scalable, consolidated platform that offers services for both fixed and mobile network infrastructure. It offers services such as IP/MPLS edge routing, and Evolved Packet Gateway (News - Alert) functionalities.
The Smart Services Router enables complete network convergence so subscribers can access services from any devices or locations. It comprises Smart Services Routers in three sizes, tailored to different scaling needs.
The SSR 8020 provides 20 slots for line or services cards, the SSR 8010 provides 10 slots, and the SSR 8004 provides 4 slots.
"This contract is a major endorsement of our 4th generation IP network solution and marks the beginning of a new partnership between Ericsson and Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia,” said Jan Häglund, head of IP and Broadband, Ericsson. “The solution will enable Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia to offer a rich suite of differentiated services and the scalability of the platforms will ensure the ability to meet future traffic and subscriber growth targets."
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Edited by Braden Becker