Improving 3G coverage in indoor locations and high-traffic public areas
Paris and Madrid, February 11, 2011 — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has been selected by Telefónica for its commercial, Femto-based small cells deployment in Spain – extending 3G coverage in indoor locations and high-traffic public areas, and targeting a better user experience for Telefónica’s residential and business subscribers.
This deployment will ensure that Telefónica’s customers have high-quality wireless network access, even in circumstances where meeting mobile service demand can be a challenge. As such, it will demonstrate that Femto-based small cells are the right and complementary solution to classical wireless infrastructure deployments to offer mobile broadband services.
The use of Femto-based small cells will also enable new converged services at home, and open the door to a new range of applications in the future in public areas – based on the use of enablers like location, presence or context-awareness.
“We work closely with our customers to design new network and business models and are committed to help them deliver quality services to their subscribers, indoor and outdoor. This deployment with Telefónica in Spain illustrates our leadership in the small cells space and will enable us to show the flexibility of femtocells to deliver innovative applications,” said Federico Guillén, Alcatel-Lucent’s global account leader for Telefónica.
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalization. Its activities are centered mainly on the fixed and mobile telephony businesses with broadband as the key tool for the development of both.
The company has a significant presence in 25 countries and a customer base that amounts to more than 278 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.
Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4,563,996,485 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those in London, Tokyo, New York, Lima, Buenos Aires and São Paulo. For more information: www.telefonica.com
About Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells approach
Alcatel-Lucent is clearly establishing itself as the leading end-to-end Femto/small cells vendor, currently holding more than 20 trials and 17 commercial deployment agreements. Commercial contracts include the selection of Alcatel-Lucent by Telefónica in Spain, Etisalat and du in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and by Vodafone Group as its preferred vendor for the deployment of a nationwide Femtocell service in the UK.
Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells approach benefits from the company’s unique expertise in bringing together wireless and IP technologies into a single, coherent network. It is an integral part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Enablement vision – building on its High Leverage Network™ architecture to deliver wireless IP services. Alcatel-Lucent is leading in small cells with an unrivalled end-to-end portfolio that includes innovation from Bell Labs such as support systems for customer care and self-organizing networks (SON).
Not only does SON empower small cells to automatically configure at power up; it also enables them to periodically monitor, update and optimize their neighbour relation lists and handover parameters – thus reducing handover failures by up to 80%. Using SON technology, Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells also have the capability to continuously adjust transmit power to the surrounding environment – to deliver the best possible coverage. Bell Labs studies have found that its SON features translate in a 20 percent CAPEX savings and 50 percent OPEX savings.
More information: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/wireless/femto_small_cells.html