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SK Broadband prepares to offer carrier Ethernet

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 3:25pm
Brian Santo

SK Telecom’s broadband subsidiary has engaged Alcatel-Lucent to build South Korea’s first countrywide packet transport network dedicated to enterprise customers.

SK Broadband’s current transport network, based on MSPP (multi-service provisioning platform) technology, was designed primarily to transmit legacy TDM (time division multiplexing) traffic. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s Packet Transport Network (PTN) solution, SK Broadband will be creating a new network to transport increasing data traffic, largely carrier Ethernet.

SK Broadband will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s 1850 Transport Service Switch managed by its 1350 Optical Management Suite (OMS). This system will enable SK Broadband to migrate traffic from the old circuit-switched network to the new packet network.

SK Telecom previously deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s PTN solution, which now serves as the heart of its LTE network.

DongBum Shin, head of network planning at SK Broadband, said, “As traffic from enterprise customers is changing rapidly to data, we need to have the network ready and optimized to accommodate those business Ethernet services. We expect that Alcatel-Lucent’s Packet Transport Network solution enables us to accelerate our business-to-business growth and prepare for mid-long term network migration to all-IP.”

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