Alcatel-Lucent, Etisalat to make the first 4G LTE mobile broadband connection in UAE

By Telecom Lead Team: Alcatel-Lucent, in partnership with Etisalat, announced Etisalat
has successfully completed a technology trial with Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio
portfolio to launch 4G LTE services in the United Arab Emirates.

The service will enable the leading telecommunications
service provider in the UAE to meet the fast-growing customer demand for
high-bandwidth mobile broadband services. The development is significant for
both companies as it is the first mobile broadband connection made in the UAE.

As the first step in the 4G LTE partnership, both companies
signed an agreement in October 2011 to jointly develop the most sustainable and
efficient way to meet this demand using Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio
portfolio. This successful trial of the latest technology marks a major
milestone in turning that promise into a reality.
The work completed as part of this successful project has yielded valuable
data about how service providers such as Etisalat can very easily deploy
Alcatel-Lucent’s metrocells to transform the mobile broadband experience for
their customers, while at the same time reducing their power consumption, costs
and equipment footprint,” said Stephen Carter, president, Europe, Middle East
& Africa, Alcatel-Lucent.

 There is huge demand for high-speed connections in the
region, driven by the explosive growth of mobile data services, videoconferencing
and on-demand TV. LTE network could bring improvement capacity and performance
that would allow service providers to realize cost savings of up to 40 percent
while delivering high-quality, lightning-fast 4G LTE data services to
subscribers, according to Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent has enabled lightning-fast data connection
over Etisalat’s commercial 4G LTE network in Etisalat’s headquarters in Abu
Dhabi thanks to the lightRadio technology, which extends a service provider’s
LTE network to provide hot-spot coverage in densely populated areas such as
shopping malls, airports, and sports stadiums.

The successful mobile data connection was made using
Alcatel-Lucent’s new 9768 lightRadio Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO) product based on
the lightRadio cube.

With lightRadio we will not only be able to accommodate
this growth in traffic, but we will also be able to offer our customers the
most innovative solutions so they can easily access the latest and greatest
mobile data applications on their mobile device of choice,” said H.E. Ahmad
Abdul Karim Julfar, Etisalat.

and China Mobile to conduct joint development on lightRadio projects

In another significant development, Alcatel-Lucent said the
company, in partnership with China Mobile, will conduct joint development and
test activities on lightRadio projects at Alcatel-Lucent’s Stuttgart lab. 


The work will help accelerate the commercial introduction of this
new product family to meet China Mobile’s business initiatives and support
customer demand for high-bandwidth mobile broadband services

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