Alcatel-Lucent to provide LTE metro cells to Vodafone Group

Vodafone to include Alcatel-Lucent metro cell technology in Project Spring investment programme to create mesh network with existing macro cells to improve the customer experience in urban areas

Alcatel-Lucent to provide LTE metro cells to Vodafone Group

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Vodafone Group as a ‘supplier of reference’ for LTE metro cells with integrated Wi-Fi capability. The award is part of Vodafone’s Project Spring investment programme. Being a supplier of reference means Alcatel-Lucent can bid on business in all Vodafone countries with its metro cell outdoor small cell products.

Small cells are a critical component in the rollout of LTE ultra-broadband services, augmenting the existing network, as well as adding capacity in areas of high usage by offloading traffic from the macro network to provide the best possible customer experience.

Vodafone’s award to Alcatel-Lucent signifies the operator’s commitment to developing multi-vendor heterogeneous networks (HetNets) in order to provide the best possible customer experience. The use of small cells will enable Vodafone to bring connections closer to the end user, ensuring an exceptional mobile ultra-broadband experience including enriched multimedia services wherever consumers are located.

Alcatel-Lucent said the award consolidates the long term small cells partnership between Vodafone and Alcatel-Lucent, initiated years ago through the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent residential and enterprise small cells in multiple properties for Vodafone, followed more recently by Alcatel-Lucent´s latest generation of small cells trial in the Netherlands. Alcatel-Lucent’s small cell portfolio has over 115 contracts in over 45 countries.

Luis Martinez Amago, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s EMEA region, said: “Vodafone Group is taking a leadership role with the deployment of small cells throughout their global properties and by serving as an industry reference with the deployment of a multi-vendor heterogeneous architecture.

“In being named a supplier of reference, Vodafone has given Alcatel-Lucent a strong endorsement that our small cells will help them to deliver high quality service to their customers. We are grateful for the opportunity to help Vodafone deliver an extraordinary and differentiated ultra-broadband experience for their customers.”

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