By Telecom Lead Team Alcatel-Lucent announced that
Telenor, a leading global telecommunications service provider, has implemented
the ‘small cells’ technology from Alcatel-Lucent to provide crystal clear 3G
mobile broadband to its European and Asian subscribers.
As part of this partnership, Alcatel-Lucent
will be able to provide its end-to-end Femto-technology based 9360 Small Cell
solution, including the 9361 Home Cell, the 9362 Enterprise Cell and the 9366
Small Cell Gateway.
These small cells could be used to
improve mobile broadband coverage in homes, offices and public locations in the
11 countries in which Telenor operates across Scandinavia, Central and Eastern
Europe, and Asia.
Alcatel-Lucent has a long history of providing service providers such as
Telenor with technical innovations and solutions that address their unique
needs as well as those of their subscribers,”said Robert Malm, Managing
Director of Alcatel-Lucent in the Nordics and Baltics. We are pleased to be
working hand-in-hand with Telenor to deliver our market-leading Femtocells to
enhance mobile broadband speeds and coverage for their customers.”
Alcatel-Lucent’s femtocells and
ground-breaking lightRadio product portfolio help service providers as they
evolve their networks to meet the growing demand from their customers for
mobile data services, and give them opportunities to expand their business into
new areas, according to Malm.
“Our work with Telenor under this
agreement also will allow us to jointly explore how our lightRadio Metrocell
product can help meet the company’s evolving needs.”
Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells or femtocell’ base stations extend a network to enhance coverage in areas where
it can be traditionally poor, such as buildings which can interfere with the
quality of a mobile signal. They also find applications in rural or remote
areas far from a cellular network base station, as well as busy public areas
such as shopping malls and airports, where crowds of people and their mobile
devices can also impede mobile coverage and capacity.
The new femtocell services are being
made available using the information stored in the cell itself, such as the
location of a mobile device as it is recognized in the vicinity of a femtocell.
In the home, this could involve setting up a text message to be sent to a working
parent to say their child has arrived home from school; in a work environment,
the Enterprise cell can recognize employees’ mobile devices as they arrive for
work and send out mass text announcements with practical information – even
news of the day’s cafÃ© specials!
As more and more of these
services are developed, Telenor will be able to deliver even more opportunities
for consumers and businesses.
According to Infonetics, the global 2G, 3G, and 4G femtocell market will grow
to $2.98 billion by 2015. Total global revenue from femtocells used in
consumer, enterprise, rural and public spaces increased 18 percent
quarter-over-quarter (Q1 2011 to Q2 2011).