SaskTel, a communications provider in Saskatchewan, has selected Alcatel-Lucent as the primary infrastructure provider to help implement SaskTel’s fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) program. This program expands SaskTel’s broadband capacity in anticipation of increased customer demand for advanced services, such as bandwidth-hungry video applications.

SaskTel will invest approximately $670 million in a seven-year next generation broadband access program from 2011 to 2017. This program consists of a GPON-based FTTP deployment and will upgrade the broadband network in the nine largest urban centers in the province.

Based on Alcatel-Lucent’s scalable, high leverage network (HLN) architecture, SaskTel will deploy a single, fully converged, end-to-end IP network for its wireless and wireline business and residential services. The converged network will be built using a range of Alcatel-Lucent next generation wireline, IP and optical products.

SaskTel has also selected the Alcatel-Lucent 5780 Dynamic Services Controller (DSC) as a key service-enabling technology for its converged network, providing enhanced subscriber management and policy control.

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