Portugal Telecom Chooses Fujitsu for NGIN and Mobile Platforms

Fujitsu today announced that it has completed the installation of new IT platforms powering third-generation networks operated by Portugal Telecom, which services more than 55 million customers in Portugal and worldwide. New mission-critical Intel-based servers power the entire back-end for Portugal Telecom’s mobile and fixed networks, with Fujitsu also providing storage backup.

In upgrading to a third-generation Next-Generation Intelligent Network IT infrastructure, Portugal Telecom was looking for a technology partner capable of providing and supporting IT systems that help to significantly increase the flexibility of application use.

For its NGIN upgrade, Portugal Telecom selected Fujitsu, which had already proven the high-performance and resilience of its mission-critical systems through the installation and support of 50 enterprise servers for a major mobile carrier in Brazil, which operates the largest mobile network in the southern hemisphere, with more than 45 million subscribers.

Powered and supported by Fujitsu, Portugal Telecom’s next-generation network is utilized by TMN and PTC, Portugal’s largest mobile and fixed network with seven million mobile users and about three million fixed network users, respectively. Fujitsu also provides the platforms for PT Innovation, Portugal Telecom’s R&D and system integration subsidiary, to sell its NGIN products worldwide.

Fujitsu’s Intel-based open Linux platforms, developed specially for mission-critical applications, deliver the performance and reliability that are absolutely necessary for telecom operators introducing NGIN applications,” said Jens-Peter Seick, Senior Vice President x86 Server Product Division at Fujitsu Technology Solutions. “These new platforms allow a rapid and safe switch from more restrictive old-generation systems to data rich personal communications, which also offer Telcos improved revenue opportunities.”

According to José Pedro Nascimento, Operations Director at Portugal Telecom, “Customers depend on Portugal Telecom to provide reliable and uninterrupted intelligent network services. To support the delivery of such services, it is vital that our server and storage systems are capable of providing quality and high performance. Fujitsu was fully able to convince us of its all-round capabilities in meeting our defined requirements.”

"The ability to efficiently support our customers around the world with expertise from the competence network of the global Fujitsu group is a key advantage we have over our competitors in the market,” comments Takanori Katayama, Corporate Vice President, Product Marketing & Strategic Alliances Unit, Fujitsu Limited.

Portugal Telecom’s installation includes more than 25 PRIMEQUEST servers including 20 PRIMEQUEST 580A range-topping Linux servers, supported by six ETERNUS8000 and six ETERNUS4000 SAN storage systems. The Fujitsu solution is also used to power the telecom operator’s Oracle databases. To date, other PT subsidiaries have installed 50 PRIMEQUEST servers with 6 ETERNUS systems



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