AT&T selects Alcatel-Lucent’s next generation UMTS/HSDPA technology for network expansion and upgrade
Friday, Feb 15, 2008
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, February 14/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced an agreement for Alcatel-Lucent to support the expansion of AT&T’s UMTS/HSPA (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service/High Speed Packet Access) wireless network. The expansion includes the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s UMTS/HSDPA Distributed NodeB solution, which provides operators with the flexibility to deploy third-generation (3G) radio network elements in a wide array of locations including the sides of buildings, existing cell sites, remote locations and more, helping operators build out their networks more quickly and cost-effectively.
This advanced mobile network project will enable AT&T to expand capacity while offering sophisticated next-generation services, including advanced multimedia, mobile broadband and converged services such as audio and video streaming, video sharing and high-speed mobile Internet access on 3G handsets. The technology also will help decrease AT&T’s operating expenditures due to the cost saving features of this compact, easy-to-deploy, low-power solution.
As part of the agreement – which builds on Alcatel-Lucent’s November 2004 UMTS/HSPA supply agreement with AT&T – Alcatel-Lucent has expanded the end-to-end, turnkey UMTS/HSPA solution, including messaging, voice switching and network applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent also has previously supplied AT&T with an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) service delivery solution – TDM, ATM and MPLS networking solutions, as well as ADSL/VDSL broadband access and optical advanced platforms.
“Alcatel-Lucent has had a longstanding relationship with AT&T,” said Cindy Christy, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas business. “The introduction of our Distributed NodeB reinforces Alcatel-Lucent’s worldwide leadership in mobile broadband, highlights our strong footprint in the North America market and underscores our commitment to helping service providers transform their services, network and business to profitably increase voice and data penetration, and enable mass-market wireless broadband.”
As a global leader in the development and deployment of third-generation (3G) networks, Alcatel-Lucent has deployed commercial 3G (UMTS/HSPA and CDMA2000) systems for more than 70 operators worldwide.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris.
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