) has been singled out as the Supplier of Reference by
) for providing Long Term Evolution (LTE) metro cells incorporated
with Wi-Fi to amplify its LTE ultra-broadband services. This award
is a part of Vodafone's organic investment program - Project
The award will enable Alcatel-Lucent to leverage its Metro Cell
Outdoor small cell solutions by bidding on all Vodafone's
businesses across the globe.
Small cells, especially the metro cells, are beneficial for
addressing the growing mobile network demand as they can
significantly improve the network by increasing the capacity while
reducing load on the macro network. Small cells are especially a
boon for the high traffic areas as they can augment the existing
network substantially and that too without major infrastructural
The rising demand for high speed data by the users of advanced
mobile devices like smartphones and tablets has made it a necessity
for the operators to upgrade their networks. The cost of upgrading
the macro network is huge compared to that of the small cell
solutions. Therefore, most of the operators are opting for small
cell solutions to boost their LTE networks.
Vodafone has been taking persistent efforts to develop its
network and improve consumer experience. The company has been
deploying multi-vendor heterogeneous networks (Hetnets) to enhance
its mobile ultra-broadband offerings. This award to Alcatel-Lucent
is a part of the company's initiatives to achieve the same.
Prior to this, Alcatel-Lucent had deployed both residential and
enterprise small cells for Vodafone. Also, the company had
undertaken a trial of its advanced small cell offerings in
Netherlands using the Vodafone network.
Alcatel Lucent being a leader in the small cell technology has
also been selected by other telecom majors like
Verizon Communications Inc.
) in the recent past.
Alcatel Lucent currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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