To enable service providers to expand the capabilities of their wireless networks
Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a new software module that enables service providers to expand the capabilities of their wireless networks through the introduction of LTE technology.
According to the company, the software module is already in trials with tier-one service providers around the world, and will be generally available in mid-2009.
The LTE software module can be loaded onto the Alcatel-Lucent 9326 Digital 2U enhanced NodeB (eNodeB), a zero footprint baseband module, already deployed with Alcatel-Lucent’s 3G customers. The company claims that this baseband module integrates into existing base station cabinets, enabling a seamless evolution to LTE via software-only upgrade. It is expected to provide high throughput with improved response time for new service offerings and is expected to enable operators to flexibly add LTE capability to their existing networks.
Paul Larbey, head of next generation mobile access activities for Alcatel-Lucent, said: We are strongly committed to ensuring that our service provider customers can quickly evolve and optimize their radio access networks with the latest technology, while preserving their initial investment. By upgrading their networks with Alcatel-Lucent, customers know that they will satisfy their subscribers’ expectations today and be prepared to support these needs as they evolve.