Description / Explanation

Gigalis is a new very high speed optical fibre IP (Internet Protocol) / MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) network which has been installed in the Pays de la Loire region. The Regional Council of Pays de la Loire initiated Gigalis as part of its Regional Digital Innovation Policy enacted in 2006. The initial managing committee soon realised that it would be impossible to roll-out such a large network with a team of just eight people and so issued an invitation to tender for management of the project. From 2010 the management and roll-out of the Gigalis network were entrusted to Alcatel-Lucent. The infrastructure and pricing helped to improve the region’s economic competitiveness, offering innovative services with high added value. Gigalis has been set up by a joint venture, and its management and roll-out were entrusted to Alcatel-Lucent. The high speed network offers savings of up to 80% compared with previous prices.