Alcatel announced that it has signed a contract with Divona Télécom, a consortium formed by Tunisian Internet service provider Planet and Monaco Télécom. The contract covers the turnkey delivery of a "DSL in the Sky" broadband network that will enable data transmission by satellite in Tunisia.This is the second consortium we have reported recently to be made up of a telco and an ISP combing forces to work together.

The network, to be delivered by Alcatel Space before year-end, is based on the DVB-RCS Alcatel 9780 platform and integrates a satellite gateway and associated terminals. Divona will use it to develop its activities as a broadband service provider, notably through the offering of services such as Internet web browsing and high-quality virtual private networks (VPNs). This contract marks the beginning of a partnership with Divona Télécom, Tunisia's first private VSAT operator.

The Alcatel "DSL in the Sky" solution seamlessly integrates with wireline DSL networks and with Alcatel's management solutions. It features two-way satellite communication that does not require any terrestrial connection, anywhere in the world. The downstream voice traffic allows flows of up to 2 Mbps while the upstream one allows for flows of up to 72 Mbps. The Alcatel solution, which is based on the open standard DVB-RCS, can be used to deliver a host of applications for ISPs and private corporate networks such as e-health, e-learning, voice over IP, videoconferencing and others.

Gilles Souche, Country Senior Officer for Alcatel in Tunisia expressed his thanks to Divona Télécom for trusting Alcatel with this contract, which sets the foundation for a long-term and durable relationship. He added that "this partnership will contribute to expanding Tunisia's telecommunications network thanks to this satellite-based solution that is based on state-of-the art technology and which permits access to high speed Internet service. It will also make it possible for Alcatel to access new markets, especially in North Africa."

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