Alcatel-Lucent has reached an agreement with Telefónica, to become a reference supplier for its 4G LTE network in Spain, in a 4G LTE project that is among the largest in Western Europe.
Telefónica Spain selected Alcatel-Lucent to deliver a 4G LTE network overlay. 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 megabits-per-second 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 Telefónica Spain.
The 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 Telefónica in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2012.
The deployment complements Telefónica Spain’s existing ultra-broadband fibre network with the capacity to meet customers’ data needs today and into the future.
Alcatel-Lucent said it has established a strong global leadership position in 4G LTE with more than 40 contracts for commercial deployments, including two of the largest 4G LTE network roll-outs to date, with two more in process and more than 40 trials worldwide.
Roque Lozano, president Alcatel-Lucent Spain and global account manager for Telefónica, 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 Telefónica 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.”