AlcaLu, NSN Storm LatAm

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Nokia Networks banged their respective drums in Latin America Tuesday with announcements of a 100 Gbit/s deployment and what appears to be the region's first LTE service launches.

In Uruguay, state-owned operator Antel, having deployed a full suite of radio access, backhaul, packet core and support services from AlcaLu, is launching LTE services in Montevideo and Punta del Este initially. (See Antel Launches LTE With AlcaLu.)

The vendor notes that Antel's network allows for the future deployment of its lightRadio decomposed radio access design that shrinks the base station to the size of a Rubik's cube. (See AlcaLu's lightRadio Set for Early 2012 Debut and AlcaLu: We're Killing the Base Station .)

While that engagement is for FDD LTE technology, NSN has engaged with Brazilian Pay TV operator Sky for the deployment of a Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) network. The vendor has provided the customer premises equipment (CPE), radio access, microwave backhaul and evolved packet core (EPC) systems, along with a number of Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) systems (its NetAct management software and One-NDS subscriber data management platform) and supporting professional services.

Sky has launched its service initially in Brasília city, with plans to launch in other urban markets later.

In Argentina, Cablevisión , which has more than 3 million TV and 1 million cable broadband customers, will ramp up its backbone transmission capabilities to 100 Gbit/s using AlcaLu's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). (See Cablevision Argentina Deploys 100G.)

Why this matters
The deployments are notable for the vendors, their customers and the supporting technology ecosystems.

For AlcaLu this is another feather in each of its LTE and 100 Gbit/s caps and as those are two of the leading edge commercial technologies out there at the moment, these deals will remind the industry and investors that the vendor is still in the leading pack of technology suppliers to the world's communications service providers (CSPs). (See AlcaLu Extends Its 100G, AlcaLu Could Restructure Even More and AlcaLu CFO: We're 'P*ssed'.)

For NSN, which is undergoing a major restructuring, this is a stake in the ground for its LTE TDD capabilities. The vendor is pushing hard to be a major player in the emerging LTE TDD market in India, where 2012 will see a number of rollouts. (See NSN Could Lose More Than 17,000 Staff, Chip Vendors Rev Up for LTE Market, Report: 17 Million LTE Users in India by 2016 and NSN Sets Its LTE TDD Sights High in India.)

Antel, meanwhile, gets regional bragging rights for having one of the first commercial LTE networks in Latin America and the chance to offer some cutting-edge mobile broadband services to its customers ahead of América Móvil S.A. de C.V. 's Claro and Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)'s Movistar. It also gets a close look, ahead of many others, at how the lightRadio concept might work out.

Similarly, Sky has the potential to pitch its wireless broadband service to its existing TV customer base (of which it has 12 million) in Brazil, an increasingly competitive high-speed Internet access market.

For Argentina's Cablevisión, this is all about building the capacity it will need to keep its customers happy. According to Pyramid Research the cable operator (through its Fibertel business) has been building its broadband market share at the expense of national incumbents Telefónica de Argentina and Telecom Argentina (NYSE: TEO). (See Mobile Broadband to Drive Growth in Argentina .)

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— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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