October 30, 2008

Willcom Selects Alcatel-Lucent to Support Next-Generation Wireless Services

Japanese mobile network operator Willcom has selected Alcatel-Lucent's next-generation IP service router portfolio as the foundation for its wireless IP network. Alcatel-Lucent partnered with Itochu Techno Solutions for the testing and deployment phase of the project.

According to Alcatel-Lucent, its service routers will enable Willcom to support increased traffic growth and new advanced service features required for the commercial launch of its next-generation wireless services, eXtended Global Platform in October 2009.

Alcatel-Lucent deployed its 7750 and 7710 service routers into the core and edge of Willcom's network following a series of test and evaluations, including a field trial for more than a year with Itochu Techno.

Yoshiki Chika, director and executive vice president at Willcom, said: "We have selected Alcatel-Lucent because its solution will enable us to drive future network trends and introduce new features on our scalable IP core and edge network layers, catering to the anticipated huge bandwidth growth demand in the market."