SaskTel is once again putting Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) to work in its Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) program that will reach in nine of its nine largest urban centers.
Under the auspices of its Next Generation Broadband Access Program (2011-2017), SaskTel will spend CAD 207 million (USD $216 million) this year and about CAD 670 million (USD $699.7 million) over the next seven years to build the FTTP network in its nine largest urban centers–Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford and Prince Albert.
Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network (HLN), SaskTel will deploy a network infrastructure that can support both its ongoing wireless, including LTE, and wireline service initiatives for its business and residential customers.
For this particular program, SaskTel will leverage five key components: the 5780 Dynamic Services Controller (DSC) for subscriber management; the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS); the 7750 Service Router (SR); the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) for end to end network management including photonic management integration; and the GPON-based 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU) to deliver FTTP services to wireline business and residential customers.
SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent are hardly strangers as the two companies worked before on SaskTel's Fiber to the Node (FTTN) deployment that began in 2006 via its Next Generation Access Infrastructure (NGAI) program.