Alcatel-Lucent to power Telefonica Germany’s femtocell deployment

Alcatel-Lucent is driving Telefonica Germany’s femtocell deployment. The new telecom spend is expected to enhance 3G mobile broadband access and quality for customers in Germany.

Telefonica Germany’s enterprise and retail customers will benefit from enhanced coverage as Alcatel-Lucent’s femtocell solutions include gateways and modems that can be installed in outdoor locations in high density areas.

Telefonica is marketing the modems as Signal Box by O2. The small design and powerful wireless capabilities will help Telefónica in Germany extend their network coverage in areas where buildings’ walls can degrade the quality of a mobile signal, or in areas too far from a traditional macro cell tower, Alcatel-Lucent said on Monday.

Telefónica in Germany’s femtocells deployment will increase the capacity of its wireless 3G network coverage into home-offices, campus areas, shopping malls and hot-spot areas, where the traditional macro cell deployment is limited today.

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“Quality of service is one of Telefónica Germany’s major strategic goals. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s Femto technology, our business customers have the option of enjoying high-quality 3G services for their voice and data communication. Our Signal Box by O2 increases the indoor quality of service and improves the experience of our customers,” said Juan Carlos Garcia, vice president Network Engineering Access and Transport at Telefónica in Germany.

Telefónica earlier said it woud spend more than €9.45 billion as Capex in 2013. In 2012, Telefonica’s Capex (Capital expenditure) was €9.45 billion and it improved the Capex efficiency by focusing on growth, reallocating resources to higher-growth operations and services — selective rollout of fiber and VDSL.

In 2012 — while maintaining Capex to sales ratio at 14.2 percent — the telecom major also improved service quality and customer satisfaction, strengthening our networks via spectrum acquisition, and prioritising simplicity in order to best take advantage of shared investment.

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