BT Group signed up Tellabs for a five-year deal to provide solutions for part of its Ethernet-based mobile backhaul service. BT Wholesale provides Managed Ethernet Access solutions for mobile operators who use BT's 21st Century Network-based service.
Under the frame contract, Tellabs will deliver its mobile backhaul solution, including the Tellabs 8600 managed edge system, and consulting and support services.
BT is preparing itself for its customers' migration from traditional E1 leased lines to higher-capacity, more cost-effective Ethernet-based base station connectivity. The deal with Tellabs will enable BT to meet its customers' needs for managing data traffic growth in the network cost-efficiently.
With the Tellabs 8600 system, BT can roll out its MEA service end-to-end and enable customers to converge all their 2G and 3G traffic across the Ethernet infrastructure.