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Alcatel-Lucent unveils new elements of LTE portfolio

To help wireless and converged service providers meet the accelerating demand for broadband wireless data services, Alcatel-Lucent today introduced a software module that enables service providers to expand the capabilities of their wireless networks through the rapid introduction of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The software module is a key component of the company’s enhanced NodeB (eNodeB) solution and represents a major step forward in the company’s strategy to support the delivery of next-generation wireless services worldwide.

The software module is already in trials with tier-one service providers around the world, and will be generally available in mid-2009.

The LTE software module can be loaded onto the Alcatel-Lucent 9326 Digital 2U eNode B – a “zero footprint” baseband module already widely deployed and field-proven with Alcatel-Lucent’s 3G customers. This baseband module integrates easily into existing base station cabinets, enabling a seamless evolution to LTE via software-only upgrade. It provides high capacity and high throughput with improved response time for new service offerings and enables operators to quickly and flexibly add LTE capability to their existing networks.

“The introduction of this LTE software offering highlights our focus on bringing the latest innovations to market to help mobile operators give their customers a superior mobile broadband experience,” said Paul Larbey, head of Next Generation Mobile Access activities for Alcatel-Lucent. “We are strongly committed to ensuring that our service provider customers can quickly evolve and optimize their radio access networks with the latest technology, while preserving their initial investment. By upgrading their networks with Alcatel-Lucent, customers know that they will satisfy their subscribers’ expectations today and be prepared to support these needs as they evolve”.

Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE solution complies with the latest 3GPP standards and incorporates innovations from Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs such as Self-Organizing and Self-Optimizing (SON) capabilities that facilitate the rapid introduction of services and ensure that the network is dynamically optimized. The LTE enhanced NodeB solution also benefits from Alcatel-Lucent’s market-proven expertise in key technologies on which next-generation wireless access is based, such as IP, multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) and orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA).

The flexibility of Alcatel-Lucent’s radio network solutions, as demonstrated with the LTE software module that has been introduced for our 3G NodeBs, is part of a more comprehensive strategy to offer a converged RAN approach. Leveraging years of Bell Labs research in Software Defined Radio (SDR) and years of experience with software-only upgrades, Alcatel-Lucent provides unprecedented flexibility to operators in their network evolution or renovation scenarios.

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