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December 20, 2013

Tellabs Assisting Vodafone Malta to Migrate Towards All -IP


By Mini Swamy SIP Trunking Report Contributor



Advances in technology are giving mobile operators a headache. Smartphones and tablets have literally taken the world by storm, faster 3G and 4G networks are becoming the norm and demand for network deployments in mobile backhaul are rising. That's why Vodafone Malta opted to use Tellabs to launch a smarter mobile backhaul network.


"We are pleased to work with Vodafone Malta to launch LTE and support their end-users' quality of experience," noted Tarcisio Ribeiro, vice president and general manager, Tellabs EMEA.

The new solution comprises Tellabs 8660  and 8630 smart routers, Tellabs Ethernet Line Card. All Tellabs products were subjected to rigorous testing by the Vodafone technology network group before being approved.

Vodafone Malta owns its own backhaul network; and by using Tellabs 8600 Smart Routers, it hopes to keep 4G backhaul costs at 3G levels. Vodafone customers can enjoy high-quality mobile Internet and video services to go.

Tellabs smart routers are expected to scale up mobile backhaul networks and also introduce self-organizing networks that will take care of routine tasks, helping Vodafone to focus on cost and competition.

Geoffrey Cauchi, IP and transport network manager for Vodafone Malta was impressed with Tellabs capabilities, support and ease of management, and observed that  it met all of required criteria, offering a solution that was future-proof.

According to Gauchi, the professional services team was competent, had a very good understanding of the network,  provided Vodafone with an excellent network design and helped install the new Tellabs- based mobile backhaul network.

Because the Tellabs system supports all technologies and media needed in 2G, 3G, LTE and LTE-Advanced evolution, Vodafone Malta plans to move its 2G and 3G traffic onto the Tellabs-based mobile backhaul network in 2014. Once that migration is completed, Vodafone Malta's backhaul network will become all- IP.




Edited by Cassandra Tucker
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