Cleco has selected Nokia to modernize its microwave communications network to support approximately 290,000 customers through its retail business and those it supplies wholesale power to in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The new network is based on Nokia’s microwave packet radio technology and its new Microwave Packet Transceiver Plus (MPT-HLC Plus), designed to deliver the reliability and performance needed to support Cleco’s expanding capacity needs, while providing the scalability and flexibility to enable it to introduce new services in the future.
For the project, Nokia is replacing Cleco’s legacy hybrid radio equipment with its Wavence microwave packet radio portfolio, the latest in microwave packet radio technology and the leading ‘pure packet’ product portfolio on the market.
The high system gain provided by Nokia Wavence will enable Cleco to expand its capacity in support of new IP-based applications without requiring a new antenna infrastructure and without forcing a disruption of existing communications, thus reducing costs and facilitating a seamless, incremental migration from TDM to IP.
Robert Mathews, Manager of Telecommunication Services, Cleco said, “Nokia’s Network Services Platform brings network management under one umbrella, simplifying Cleco’s provisioning and troubleshooting processes across our IP/MPLS and microwave networks, as well as helping us ensure reliable communications to support our customers and employees.”
Chris Kent, Area Vice President, U.S. Energy & Transportation, Nokia said, “Nokia understands the needs of mission-critical communication businesses like Cleco, and has dedicated a great deal of effort to ensuring that our packet microwave technology can meet the requirements today, while preparing networks for the introduction of even more advanced technologies in the future.”