Fibre broadband coming to Colombia

Alcatel-Lucent has won a key role in the deployment of a new national broadband network for Colombia, which will connect 753 municipalities across the South American country and provide millions of citizens with new TV, video, voice and high-speed data services.

The ‘National Fiber Optic Network from Compartel Program’ is a flagship project from the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication (MINTIC), which aims to increase broadband coverage from 27.2% to 95.5% by 2014.

Local firm Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s point-to-point fibre broadband access technology and a combination of optical transport and Internet Protocol (IP) routing solutions to provide robust, high-speed video, voice and data connections to multi-tenant buildings, businesses, government offices and individual homes.

Alcatel-Lucent recently shared more details about its Performance Program, announced last July with the intention of shaving €1.25bn of costs and 5,000 jobs by the end of next year.

In addition to a new operating model which sees it focus on (unspecified) core products, the company has unveiled a new business group called Networks & Platforms, which will replace the existing regional operating structure with four global product & services business units, each with full P&L responsibility. All changes are due to come into effect from January 1st, 2013.

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