Tuesday, June 30, 2009

NTT DOCOMO Selects Alcatel-Lucent for LTE Backhaul

NTT DOCOMO has selected Alcatel-Lucent' Ethernet transmission solution to provide the backhaul network of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said its packet optical gear will provide NTT DOCOMO with cost-effective and flexible Ethernet-based aggregation and transport from the base stations to the core network. Specifically, the Alcatel-Lucent solution, based on the 1850 Transport Service Switch (TSS) and its universal switching technology, will provide multipoint Ethernet connections between cell sites supported by strong operations, administration and maintenance capabilities, as well as carrier-class protection and network management.

  • In October 2008, NTT DoCoMo announced plans to roll-out LTE from 2010, as one of the first adopters in the world. NTT DoCoMo has demonstrated LTE downlink transmission rates of 250 Mbps in outdoor tests conducted by its R&D labs in Yokosuka, just south of Tokyo.

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