Alcatel-Lucent signs 4G LTE contract with Telefonica, Spain

Alcatel-Lucent has reached an agreement with Telefonica, to become a reference supplier for its 4G LTE network in Spain.

The contract is considered to be the largest 4G LTE project  in Western Europe.

Telefonica Spain selected Alcatel-Lucent to deliver a 4G LTE network overlay and will help in meeting the ever growing demands of data. Alcatel-Lucent will deploy some 8,000 4G LTE base stations and the 5620 Service Aware Manager (5620 SAM).

Commercial 4G LTE networks are about 10 times faster than 3G networks when they are used for downloading mobile content such as YouTube video clips. Network tests also saw upload speeds of around 10 Mbps and low latency connections of 50 milliseconds – vital for video sharing and online gaming.

Alcatel-Lucent will also deliver installation and turnkey project management services in the initial phase of the project, as well as systems integration, maintenance and configuration optimization to reduce time-to-market even further for Telefonica Spain.

Agreement follows two successful pre-commercial 4G LTE pilot networks in Madrid and Barcelona and the demonstration of Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE capabilities over a live network- consisting of small ‘metro cells’ and macro base stations – with  Telefonica in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2012.

Deployment complements Telefonica Spain’s existing ultra-broadband fiber network with the capacity to meet customers’ data needs today and into the future.

Roque Lozano, president, Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Global Account Manager for Telefonica said, “This is a significant agreement for Alcatel-Lucent and our largest in scope to date in Western Europe. We are very excited to be able to work with Telefonica Spain in its 4G LTE project to serve its customers throughout the country. And we are ready to further explore other wireless technologies down the road, such as small cells to enhance coverage anytime, anywhere and over any device toward a wider collaboration framework.”

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