Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Sprint, which uses the 2.5 GHz frequency band recently acquired for its new high-speed mobile access TDD-LTE network in the United States.
This is the first time that the TDD-LTE, selected by Sprint, will be used for a national rollout in North America, even if another operator has recently opted for this solution: China Mobile.
The contract will allow Sprint to offer its customers the very high speeds for applications and next-generation services such as online games (gaming) and high-definition video streaming.
The Franco-American supplier considers this as a testament to the growing power of this technology, and the growing presence of Alcatel-Lucent LTE market in general.
The contract covers the radio access lightRadio, a set of antennas and wiring and several services, including radio frequency design, integration and optimization of systems, acquisition and construction of the site.
Sprint indicated that it had also chosen Samsung and NSN to ramp up its network.
Alcatel-Lucent is offering its enterprise switch users a free software upgrade to converge wired Ethernet networks with wireless from Aruba Networks. Aruba and Alcatel-Lucent have had a longtime partnership to jointly market and integrate each other’s products. This software upgrade is an extension of that and is designed to bring all campus networking products under one view with consistent BYOD management. The plan is similar to unified access strategies from Brocade and Cisco. Brocade ended a four-year arrangement with Motorola to enter into a new one with Aruba.
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