Alcatel-Lucent has won a major contract to deploy a new mobile backhaul network for Hungarian mobile operator Pannon GSM. The operator is currently providing 3G/HSPA services, including video telephony and mobile internet, to more than 360 Hungarian towns and villages.
The provision of these services is placing a heavy demand on Pannon's existing backhaul network, so it decided to deploy a MPLS-based, cost-optimised and future proof replacement. The current network utilises SDH and microwave. According to Alcatel-Lucent the new backhaul network is capable of seamlessly evolving to meet the demands of future technologies such as LTE.
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