Monday, June 25, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent Proposes Build-Operate-Transfer for Small Cell Rollouts

Alcatel-Lucent is proposing to deploy small cell networks in railway stations, shopping malls and sports stadiums using a "Build, Operations Assist, and Transfer" (B-O-T) model for mobile network operators.

The new Metro Cell Express service combines Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio metro portfolio, its small cell expertise, its backhaul solutions and its installation experience in dense cities like New York, Paris and Shanghai. These metro networks of small cells promise to ease network congestion problems in urban hotspots.

Alcatel-Lucent said the benefit to mobile network operators is that this model takes the pain and risk out of deploying large numbers of small radios in unfamiliar locations, such as lampposts. Alcatel-Lucent would assume the challenges of building networks in these tough urban environments. Operation of the metro network would be transferred to network providers only once the metro network has been installed, fully integrated, and shown to be delivering the technical performance required to ensure that customers are delighted with their wireless service.

Mike Schabel Vice President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless lightRadio Metro said: “Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio Metro Cell Express solution uses our wealth of expertise to take the pain out of building metro networks for operators, and more importantly, to enable customers to enjoy the benefits of real mobile broadband anytime, anywhere with consistently high quality. Our solution will bring massive capacity to urban environments, but is also highly applicable for delivering coverage in rural locations as well. We see this as a real game changer for operators."

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