Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent (left) with Osman Sultan, CEO, Du. Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent (left) with Osman Sultan, CEO, Du.

UAE telecom operator, Du, has hired Alcatel-Lucent to deploy the latest IP-routing technology.

The new technology will allow Du to offer converged services, removing the traditional divide between fixed and mobile services.

The upgrade will eliminate the need for Du to manage multiple networks and will simplify the telco’s overall network operations.

Alcatel-Lucent has already started to deploy the IP/MPLS technology, and is providing Du with a set of professional services including project management, network design, installation and commissioning, software integration and operations.

“Convergence of fixed and mobile networks is a logical evolutionary step in our growth story. This stems from the increasing propensity of our customers to access everything from a single device,” said Osman Sultan, CEO, Du. “We believe Alcatel-Lucent is well positioned to share our vision in bringing the most cutting-edge services available in the UAE, with industry-leading intelligent solutions which will delight and surprise our customers, and further enhance our network efficiency.”

Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent’s CEO, added: “The new IP network we have deployed for Du gives them an important and simplified tool for addressing the explosion in broadband data, and the embedded intelligence allows them to offer differentiating services to their customer base.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s technology will help power Du’s next generation multi-screen TV service, which will allow its customers to access Du TV on their smartphone, tablet or PC, using Wi-Fi or 3G to create a ‘TV everywhere’ experience. It will be powered by Alcatel-Lucent’s Multiscreen Video Platform.

The upgrade will also help Du to empower business customers by allowing it to offer them end-to-end services that require bandwidth up to 1Gbps and above.

Last month, Alcatel-Lucent and Du deployed the first phase of the network with several sites across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain.