Sunday, April 3, 2011

Vodafone New Zealand Implements ALU for FemtoCells

Vodafone New Zealand has selected Alcatel-Lucent to power its commercial "Sure Signal" residential and enterprise femtocell service, which boosts the 3G signal.

Alcatel-Lucent's solution includes the 9361 Home Cell, the 9362 Enterprise Cell, the 9366 Small Cell Gateway, and its network management solution, which combines the strengths of Alcatel-Lucent's Wireless Management System, Wireless Provisioning System and the Home Device Manager from its Motive Product Division. The solution is complemented by Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router which provides IP routing and Ethernet aggregation. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent is providing a select range of professional services to Vodafone New Zealand which includes project management, consulting, architecture, design and installation.

"Some of our consumer and business customers have been frustrated in the past when they find they don't have indoor coverage and that the technical options available to improve their coverage were either too expensive or simply weren't up to the task," said Hamish Sansom, Head of Mobile Data, Vodafone NZ. "The introduction of Vodafone Sure Signal using the Alcatel-Lucent femtocell solution means that we can now end the frustration for these customers. The installation and launch of the solution went very smoothly and we now have ecstatic customers with five bars of coverage where they once had none."