Sunday, December 12, 2010

UAE Selects Alcatel-Lucent's Small Cell Technology

du, which is based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's small cells technology to help its customers overcome indoor mobile coverage issues. du operates both an FTTH fixed network and an HSDPA+ mobile network.

Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its end-to-end Femto-based 9360 Small Cell portfolio - consisting of the 9361 Home Cell, the 9362 Enterprise Cell, the 9366 Small Cell Gateway, and Small Cell Management & Customer Care systems. Alcatel-Lucent's small cells automatically come into service without requiring any manual configuration by the end-user.

Moreover, du will benefit from the power of Bell Labs' innovative self-organizing network (SON) innovation, reducing handover failures by as much as 80 percent while bringing important operational efficiency savings.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it now has more than 20 ongoing Femtocell trials and 14 commercial deployment agreements. Commercial contracts include the selection of Alcatel-Lucent by Etisalat and du in the UAE and by Vodafone Group as its preferred vendor for the deployment of a nationwide Femtocell service in the UK.

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