Wednesday, February 14, 2007

T-Mobile Selects Alcatel-Lucent for GSM/EDGE network

T-Mobile awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to enhance its German GSM network with the latest generation of GSM/EDGE technology, enabling data rates of up to 220 kbps. The GSM/EDGE network to be upgraded by Alcatel-Lucent will be operational by the end of 2007. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will replace several thousand existing GSM base stations in T-Mobile's network with its latest 9100 Multi-standard Base Station product line. It will upgrade the existing base stations with EDGE capability and replace several hundred base station controllers with Alcatel-Lucent's latest Advanced-TCA based BSC. Alcatel-Lucent will be responsible for overall project management, including network integration, removing old equipment and installing the new equipment, and subcontractor management.