Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent Boosts its Mobile Backhaul Portfolio

Alcatel-Lucent rolled out a set of enhancements to its mobile backhaul portfolio to address the challenges associated with delivering mobile broadband services in crowded, urban environments where growing customer demand is creating a need for a rapid introduction of small cells.

The announcement includes:

  • New variants of Alcatel-Lucent’s 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) to provide an end-to-end service layer for more efficient OAM (operations, administration and management), and also featuring advanced timing/synchronization, flexible powering options, and Auto-Discovery and Provisioning (ADP) capabilities.
  • An expanded range of microwave transport solutions, including 60 gigahertz (Ghz) point-to-point line-of-sight, and sub 6 Ghz for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint non-line-of-sight applications.
  • Increased capacity on the company’s flagship 9500 Microwave Packet Radio platform brings greater backhaul bandwidth capabilities to mobile operators for both their macro and small cell sites.
  • Optimization of the company’s existing broadband access portfolio to support small cell backhaul requirements. New copper- and fiber-based small cell backhaul access solutions enable mobile operators to make better use of their existing broadband network to backhaul metro cell networks at low incremental cost.
  • A broader range of professional services to help design, optimize and deploy backhaul networks to support metro cell deployments further extends the recently announced Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio™ Metrocell Express ‘build-operate-transfer’ solution for turnkey deployments.

"The combination of our strengths in IP, optics, microwave, fixed access and wireless puts us in a relatively unique position amongst the other vendors in the market, and places us in an ideal position to address the mobile backhaul challenge with the introduction of small cell deployments. Not only do we offer the most comprehensive set of backhaul options in the industry, we also bring unmatched solution integration experience to the table. We are confident that our leadership in mobile backhaul will only increase in the metro cell era," stated Philippe Keryer, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Networks Group.

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