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State-owned Indian telco Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has announced a deal with French-US hardware vendor Alcatel-Lucent that will see that latter provide its mobile next generation (NGN) solution. The deployment is a part of a multi-year agreement under which Alcatel-Lucent is providing an end-to-end GSM/EDGE solution to MTNL. Alcatel claims that its NGN product, which is based on a secure, distributed architecture, will allow MTNL to optimize and simplify its mobile network, flexibly address traffic growth, reduce operation costs and simplify network maintenance.
As part of the announcement MTNL announced that its 3G network had been launched in Mumbai, and said it was ready to offer service to both residential and enterprise customers. MTNL was the first operator to launch commercial 3G services in India in February 2009; the telco offers the service under the ‘Jadoo’ brand and it was initially available only in central areas of Delhi.
According to The South China Post, five firms have won significant contracts from China Unicom in the tender for the deployment of W-CDMA infrastructure. The winners have been announced as Huawei, Ericsson, ZTE, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent all winning a share of the spoils. The results were released in the form of percentages awarded to various equipment suppliers: Huawei, which has a partnership with Motorola, was the largest winner with a 30.6% share of the 70,000 base station deployment; Ericsson which partners Fiberhome Telecommunication Technologies and Guangzhou New Postcom Equipment won a 26.5% share; ZTE won 21.5%; Nokia Siemens Networks 11.1%; and Alcatel-Shanghai Bell 10.2%.
China Unicom plans to deploy 3G networks in 55 cities in the first half of this year, spending RMB30 billion (USD4.39 billion), and 280 cities by the end of 2009, at a cost of RMB60 billion. The firm is targeting the completion of the first flagship city networks by 17 April and the first commercial network launches on 17 May 2009, the paper says.
Pannon, Hungary’s second-largest mobile service provider and member of the Telenor Group, has chosen Alcatel-Lucent’s Remote Access Network (RAN) mobile backhaul solution to accommodate the growing demand for Pannon’s mobile internet services, including 3G High Speed Packet Access (HSPA).
“By consolidating all services over a single packet-based network, the Alcatel-Lucent solution gives Pannon more bandwidth and scalability at lower operational costs, and permits fast time to market for new and future services,” Alcatel said in a press release.
Pannon serves almost 3.5 million customers and controls about 34% of the Hungarian mobile market. Today, Pannon’s high-speed 3G/HSPA network enabling video telephony is available in over 360 towns and villages across Hungary, meaning mobile Internet service is available to 65% of the country’s population. In response to the growing demand, Pannon needed to find a MPLS-based, cost optimized and future proof solution.
Alcatel-Lucent is delivering the industry’s most comprehensive and integrated mobile solution, from the IP backbone through to the cell tower.
Pannon joins a list of more than 250 service providers in more than 100 countries that have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio. During the third quarter of 2008, Alcatel-Lucent reinforced its No. 2 position in the Service Provider IP Edge according to Ovum RHK, Infonetics and Synergy.
Azerbaijan’s Delta Telecom plans to introduce the country’s first mobile WiMAX network by the end of this month. Alcatel-Lucent has been contracted to supply the equipment for the new network, in a deal signed in September 2008. Delta Telecom will be able to offer customers high speed internet access and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services.
Alcatel-Lucent has successfully deployed a 3G+ network for the mobile operator Societe Reunionnaise de Radiotelephone (SRR). In a statement, Alca-Lu said the initial roll out of the UMTS/HSPA network was made in 2008 mostly covering Reunion’s Saint-Denis commune and in the island’s main towns. The vendor has installed its UMTS Radio Access Network (UTRAN) and mobile NGN (Next Generation Network) core network solutions allowing SRR to expand and improve its portfolio of voice and high speed data services. ‘We are extremely proud to be the first to deploy an Alcatel-Lucent 3G network in Reunion; with it we will be able for the first time to offer our customers new high speed user-centric services, thanks to Alcatel-Lucent’s unrivalled UMTS radio access solution’, said Pierre-Antoine Legagneur, SRR’s network technical director.
SRR, trades under the brand name SFR Reunion, is the largest mobile telecoms provider in the French overseas departments of Mayotte and Reunion. Operational since 1995, SRR currently commands a more than 65% market share with about 650,000 customers. SRR Reunion’s network covers more than 99% of the population.
In June 2008 the French telecoms regulator Arcep awarded 3G spectrum licences for the French overseas departments and territories. SRR, Orange and Outremer Telecom were each awarded spectrum in the 2100MHz band in La Reunion, while Orange and Outremer Telecom were awarded spectrum for the French Antilles and Guyana. 3G services were expected to be introduced by the end of the year, and licensees are obliged to provide 70% population coverage by 2013.
China assigned third-generation mobile phone licenses Wednesday to three carriers in a long-awaited step that is expected to prompt $41 billion in spending on new equipment.
Licenses were granted to China Mobile Ltd., China Unicom Ltd. and China Telecom Corp., the Ministry of Indutry and Information Technology said. Third-generation, or 3G, technology supports Web surfing, wireless video and other services and the start of service is expected to spur new revenue growth.
The awarding of licenses was delayed while China’s government developed its own technology to compete with two global 3G standards.
The Chinese-developed standard, TD-SCDMA, was assigned to China Mobile, the world’s biggest phone carrier by subscribers. That appeared to be an effort to make sure the new system has the financial and technical backing to succeed.
The two global standards, WCDMA and CDMA-2000, were assigned to China Unicom and China Telecom, respectively.
According to AIKresearch’s databse, China has 650 million mobile phone accounts, and Chinese carriers are expected to spend 280 billion yuan ($41 billion) on new equipment.
Such sales will be important to global suppliers Motorola Inc., Alcatel-Lucent SA, Nokia-Siemens Networks and Ericsson AB as demand elsewhere slumps. But they face competition from fledgling Chinese producers.