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Thursday, February 11, 2010

AT&T Picks Alcatel-Lucent For LTE Vendor


Last year ALCATEL-LUCENT scored big with VERIZON.

Yesterday they scored big again - now with AT&T.

If only they’d stop LAYING OFF, and eroding their AMERICAN FOOTPRINT.

Wouldn’t that be great?


AT&T Selects Alcatel-Lucent as LTE Equipment Supplier

Extends existing 3G relationships to cover deployment of next-generation LTE Mobile Broadband Network; Alcatel-Lucent also named LTE supplier for AT&T’s Radio Access Network Domain

February 10, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent today announced that AT&T has selected Alcatel-Lucent as one of two equipment suppliers for its planned deployment of LTE mobile broadband technology. A Supplier selection paves the way for planned field trials of LTE technology later this year with commercial deployment scheduled to begin in 2011.

Additionally, AT&T has designated Alcatel-Lucent one of two LTE suppliers for its new Radio Access Network Domain. The multi-year agreement covers radio access network equipment needed to deliver LTE service.  Financial terms are not being disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent currently provides equipment for the existing AT&T 3G network. Under the agreement, 3G equipment delivered to AT&T starting this year can EVOLVE easily and seamlessly to LTE, enabling AT&T to upgrade existing equipment and software minimizing the need to install new equipment as it deploys next-generation technology.

“This announcement is an important step forward in our ongoing mobile broadband strategy, which is focused on delivering the best possible combination of speed, performance and available devices for customers at every level of technology deployment,” said John Stankey, president and CEO, AT&T Operations. 81 “AT&T has a key advantage in that LTE is an evolution of the existing GSM family of technologies that powers our network a 387 nd the vast majority of the world’s global infrastructure today. As some competitors move away from their existing investment in niche 3G platforms, we are able to efficiently and quickly move toward LTE while enhancing our existing 3G performance and providing access to a strong ecosystem of customer devices.”

“This is a critical step forward in AT&T’s ongoing mobile broadband strategy to deliver and support the next generation of mobile applications. ‚ We look forward to being a part of the journey and see this as a starting point for further collaboration with AT&T to deliver an end-to-end IP solution for mobile broadband,” said Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen. “This announcement expands on our long standing relationship with AT&T – one that covers everything from 3G HSPA infrastructure to network monitoring and management and speaks volumes about the confidence and trust they have in our leadership in LTE technology and our ability to deliver a smooth, endd-to-end migration path to LTE.”

Alcatel-Lucent is providing its industry-leading LTE base stations (eNodeBs) key elements of the company’s Converged RAN portfolio, as well as Element Management Systems (EMS) and engineering and installation services. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent is providing its 9900 WIRELESS NETWORK GUARDIAN, which provides critical network visibility needed to manage the effects that IP-based applications will have on wireless networks.

Field testing will include stationary and drive tests with multiple users in a variety of field conditions, including handovers and in-building testing on a dual band network using AWS and 700 MHz spectrum, as well as HSPA bandwidth.



Ericsson, Alcatel win 4G telecoms deal from AT&T

By Sven Nordenstam and Asa Wallentin in Stockholm, Sinead Carew in New York and Leila Abboud in Paris; Writing by Tarmo Virki, editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Louise Heavens
February 11, 2010

U.S. telecoms carrier AT&T has picked Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to build its new LTE high-speed wireless network, consolidating their leading position in the U.S. market.

The companies did not give the value of the deal, but telecoms consultancy Aircom has estimated building the Long Term Evolution (LTE) network could cost $1.78 billion during the first 12 months in the U.S. for an operator like AT&T.

Equipment vendors are battling for the first major orders for LTE networks, which will make it easier for them to win subsequent deals.

LTE technology, or 4G, offers cheaper operating costs and enables fast uploads and downloads of movies, music and other data to mobile devices.

Ericsson, having won several deals, is considered to be the leading player in LTE technology, but Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Motorola and Nokia Siemens have also won large LTE orders.

Shares in Ericsson were flat at 1410 GMT, while Alcatel shares were 1.4 percent higher.

Loss-making Alcatel-Lucent has long been a smaller player in mobile, behind Ericsson, Nokia-Siemens Networks, and Huawei.

Its market share has been slipping, and some analysts have questioned whether the wireless business is structurally loss-making and should be sold off.

Alcatel Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen is betting that Alcatel-Lucent can turn around its flagging mobile fortunes with LTE, and has long ruled out exiting wireless.

“LTE is very important to us, and our CEO has made that very clear in the past 16 months,” said Alcatel-Lucent executive Kenneth Frank. “It will be a critical measure of the company’s success.”


AT&T’s rival Verizon is using the same vendors to roll out its network later this year, while AT&T’s LTE network is scheduled to start operations in 2011.

Ericsson said the deal would have no major impact in 2010.

“In 2011 there will be more substantial deliveries,” Ericsson Networks head Johan Wibergh said.

“In 3G Ericsson has a more than 40 percent market share world wide, and we certainly have the ambition to have as least as much market share in LTE,” he added.

Evli analyst Michael Andersson said the win, which broadens Ericsson’s footprint clearly in the U.S. had been expected.

“The U.S. operators need to expand capacity in their existing networks and they are increasingly choosing to move to the technology where Ericsson is major player. That Ericsson guns for a 40 percent market share sounds pretty realistic,” he said.

AT&T has said it is waiting longer than Verizon to upgrade its network to LTE because it wants enough high-speed LTE devices to be available when it launches.

It has also said that it could get more speed upgrades out of its existing network than Verizon would from its network, as they currently use different technologies.

AT&T is already bumping up its network spending this year as it looks to overcome strains caused by high data usage, particularly from iPhone customers.

TeliaSonera opened the world’s first commercial LTE service in the two Scandinavian capitals Stockholm and Oslo in late 2009.


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