Alca-Lu takes fiber to Western Spain

Alcatel-Lucent will enjoy a slice of an €86 million investment by a Spanish regional development agency to deploy FTTH to over 130,000 homes in the country.
The Sociedad Promotora de Telecomunicaciones de Extremadura (SPTE) consortium yesterday signed up the firm as sole supplier of the initial phase of its 100Mbps fiber network, which will cover 134,000 homes in the four most heavily populated areas in the Extremadura region of western Spain.
SPTE – a consortium comprising TeleCable, Extremadura Avante, Caja de Extremadura and Caja Badajoz – claims the network will be one of the most advanced in Europe and among the largest in Spain. The initial rollout will cover the cities of Badajoz, Cáceres, Mérida and Plasencia, and be geared towards multimedia and TV services.
Alca-Lu will deploy a GPON, IP/MPLS, packet optical and WDM network using existing urban and long-distance infrastructure and any ducts already available.
Federico Guillén, head of Alca-Lu’s business in Iberia, said the deal “highlights the importance of integration and services skills to…deliver innovative TV and multimedia solutions.”