Alcatel-Lucent Focusing On LTE, Divesting In 2G And 3G

Alcatel-Lucent Focusing On LTE, Divesting In 2G And 3G

Dave Geary, president of wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, told the Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium in New Jersey, United States, that LTE networks were “growing in unanticipated ways” and the company was focusing its attention on LTE in order to beat its competitors to a larger share of the growing market.

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The manufacturer and network specialists launched West Africa’s first commercially available LTE network in Ghana in July this year, in partnership with Surfline Communications, while it has also been working on 4G services with Smile Communications in Tanzania and completed superfast broadband trials with Tunisie Telecom in North Africa.

At the same event, Alcatel-Lucent chief executive officer (CEO) Michel Combes reiterated the company’s focus on LTE as the technology of the future.

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