The Turk Telekom Rural Transformation Project was initiated in March 2007 and required the replacement of 2.9 million lines and 9,750 nodes with next-generation network (NGN) based multiservice access nodes (MSANs). The project has been successfully implemented within a 21 month timeframe and generated a total revenue of EUR62.3m for Alcatel-Lucent.
The project has allowed Turk Telekom to bridge the digital divide within the country, and has helped the Turkish incumbent to introduce a wide range of new services such as N7 signalling, CLIP/CLIR, detailed billing, SMS on PSTN, ISDN BRA/PRA, prepaid call, Centrex, IN services and BB services.
On top of its proven 1540 Litespan MSAN product, Alcatel-Lucent provided Turk Telekom with project management services as well as site survey, integration and testing, installation and commissioning, remote and on-site technical support, software upgrades, training, and also repair and replacement. About 1,400 Turk Telekom and Alcatel-Lucent employees have been involved in the project, and more than 750 people have been trained to install, maintain and upgrade the new infrastructure.