Alcatel-Lucent boosts its mobile backhaul portfolio for the small cell era

  Alcatel-Lucent boosts its mobile backhaul portfolio for the small cell era

New offerings make it easier for mobile operators to deploy and manage
high-speed connections to virtually any location or cell type to address
fast-growing demand for broadband on the move

PR Newswire

PARIS, Oct. 24, 2012

PARIS, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris
and NYSE: ALU) is expanding and enhancing its mobile backhaul portfolio to
address the challenges associated with delivering mobile broadband services in
crowded, urban environments where growing customer demand is creating a need
for a rapid introduction of small cells.

Small cells are compact base stations that boost wireless capacity and
coverage where it is most needed in busy public locations and highly populated
areas. This has major implications for the mobile network - some operators may
need to deploy and manage as many as 10 new small cell sites for each macro
cell site, and to accommodate up to a 25-fold increase in mobile traffic
demand over the next four years.

As importantly, small cells can be deployed in a diverse range of public
locations such as lampposts, bus stops, public buildings and stadiums. To
provide access to the network and transport back to the core for all of these
new sites, operators will need to employ an equally diverse range of mobile
backhaul methods – optical fiber, copper, microwave, Ethernet - which can make
their backhaul networks very complex to manage.

The enhancements to Alcatel-Lucent's mobile backhaul portfolio offer operators
a consistent and cost-effective approach to delivering the backhaul resources
needed to address massive increases in bandwidth, and also support the growing
variety of wireless cell types and locations. Alcatel-Lucent also is making it
easier for mobile operators to manage data traffic across all types of
backhaul links in a more cost-effective way while ensuring that mobile
broadband services can be delivered with the levels of quality consumers are

Nick Marshall, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks at ABI Research, said: "This
announcement helps strengthen Alcatel-Lucent's position as one of the top
vendors in the mobile backhaul market. Enhancements to address small cell
backhaul help to make small cells a more attractive and viable way to address
demand for ubiquitous high-quality mobile broadband. The ability to use the
network for macro and metro means even greater economies of scale – which is
critical given escalating mobile broadband demand."

Mobile Backhaul Enhancements

Alcatel-Lucent's expanded mobile backhaul portfolio delivers greater scale and
flexibility, and leverages the company's Internet protocol (IP)/multiprotocol
label switching (MPLS) capabilities to provide a consistent approach to
supporting backhaul whether it is delivered over fiber, copper or microwave.
This approach helps to simplify the deployment and on-going operations of the
backhaul network, even as it helps to reduce mobile operators' costs. Specific
enhancements include:

  oNew variants of Alcatel-Lucent's 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR)
    family provide unmatched flexibility to support any mobile service (3G, 4G
    LTE, Wi-Fi) over any backhaul access, leveraging any networking topology.
    The new 7705 SAR offerings provide an end-to-end service layer for more
    efficient OAM (operations, administration and management) while ensuring
    any issues can be quickly and efficiently resolved. Advanced
    timing/synchronization, flexible powering options, and Auto-Discovery and
    Provisioning (ADP) capabilities provide a simplified, common approach to
    small cell backhaul deployment.
  oAn expanded range of microwave transport solutions enable quicker
    deployments, and multiple options to address a broader range of backhaul
    access scenarios, including 60 gigahertz (Ghz) point-to-point
    line-of-sight, and sub 6 Ghz for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint
    non-line-of-sight applications.
  oIncreased capacity on the company's flagship 9500 Microwave Packet Radio
    platform brings greater backhaul bandwidth capabilities to mobile
    operators for both their macro and small cell sites.
  oOptimization of the company's existing broadband access portfolio to
    support small cell backhaul requirements. New copper- and fiber-based
    small cell backhaul access solutions enable mobile operators to make
    better use of their existing broadband network to backhaul metro cell
    networks at low incremental cost.
  oA broader range of professional services to help design, optimize and
    deploy backhaul networks to support metro cell deployments further extends
    the recently announced Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio™ Metrocell Express
    'build-operate-transfer' solution for turnkey deployments.

Philippe Keryer, President of Alcatel-Lucent's Networks Group, said: "The
combination of our strengths in IP, optics, microwave, fixed access and
wireless puts us in a relatively unique position amongst the other vendors in
the market, and places us in an ideal position to address the mobile backhaul
challenge with the introduction of small cell deployments. Not only do we
offer the most comprehensive set of backhaul options in the industry, we also
bring unmatched solution integration experience to the table. We are confident
that our leadership in mobile backhaul will only increase in the metro cell

About Alcatel-Lucent's mobile backhaul portfolio

Alcatel-Lucent has already deployed more than 200 mobile backhaul networks for
operators around the world and holds #1 market share according to ABI Research
(Mobile Network Backhaul, September 2012). Recent contracts with leading
mobile operators such as Russia's VimpelCom, India's Bharti Airtel and U.S.
operator C Spire highlight the traction Alcatel-Lucent is seeing across the
mobile backhaul portfolio. Mobile backhaul and the technologies that support
it sit at the heart of our High Leverage Network (HLN), a strategy for
continuous innovation and business success that enables service providers to
leverage the full potential of their networks. Please visit our website to
learn more about Alcatel-Lucent's Mobile Backhaul Solution.

Supporting Resources

  oWatch Video: A New Era of Mobile Backhaul
  oVisit the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Backhaul Website
  oRead the TechZine article: Is Your Mobile Backhaul Network Prepared for
    the Small Cell Era?
  oDownload the Alcatel-Lucent Application Note: A New Era of Mobile Backhaul

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About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments
around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of
networking and communications technology, products and services. The company
is home to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers,
responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and
communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology
Review's2012 Top 50 list of the "World's Most Innovative Companies" for
breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating
costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access.
Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more
sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission -
Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced
global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local
partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion
in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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