Published on: 14th Jul 2014
Alcatel Lucent says that it has been selected by Vodafone Group as a Supplier of Reference for LTE metro cells with integrated Wi Fi capability.
The award adds Alcatel-Lucent as a supplier to Vodafone’s Project Spring organic investment program.
However the deal is simply a pre-approval, and no actual supply contracts have been agreed yet. As a supplier of reference, Alcatel-Lucent can bid on business in all Vodafone countries with its Metro Cell Outdoor small cell products.
Small cells are a critical component in the rollout of LTE ultra-broadband services, augmenting the existing network as well as adding capacity in areas of high usage by offloading traffic from the macro network.
Luis Martinez Amago, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s EMEA region, said: “Vodafone Group is taking a leadership role with the deployment of small cells throughout their global properties and by serving as an industry reference with the deployment of a multi-vendor heterogeneous architecture. In being named a Supplier of Reference, Vodafone has given Alcatel-Lucent a strong endorsement that our small cells will help them to deliver high quality service to their customers.”