) recently announced that its 4G LTE network has been deployed
for Setar, a telecom provider based in the Caribbean island of
The deployment requires Alcatel-Lucent's 20 MHz of spectrum in
the 1800MHz frequency band for delivering high-speed 4G LTE (Long
Term Evolution) solutions, to enhance customer experience for
smart phones, tablets and mobile devices. Setar is also
developing its existing 3G (WCDMA) network by strategically
placing Alcatel-Lucent's small cells in various positions across
the Caribbean Island.
Setar is the first firm to offer 4G services for
ultra-broadband mobile access on the island. These network
facilities are expected to provide significant benefits for both
residents and tourists.
On the same day, Alcatel-Lucent also declared that U.S. based
TDS Telecommunications Corporation will be employing its
Kindsight Broadband Security technology for efficient tracking of
Internet traffic to protect home networks from hackers. This
technology is expected to benefit a large number of consumers, as
according to the Quarterly Report of Kindsight Security Labs, as
much as 10% of home networks and over 0.5% of mobile devices are
infected till date, and the numbers continue to rise.
Both these contracts are in line with Alcatel-Lucent's 'The
Shift Plan,' formulated to transform it from being a telecom
generalist to a specialist in IP networking and Ulltra-Broadband
services. The company's 4G LTE service is a primary component of
Existing services provided by Alcatel-Lucent include
lightRadio LTE, small cells and Wi-Fi for mobile service
providers, GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) EPON (Ethernet
Passive Optical Network) and VDSL2 (Very-high-bit-rate digital
subscriber line 2) vectoring for fixed networks, and Motive
Customer Experience Management solutions to enhance customer
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