Trial to begin in the second half of 2010
Alcatel-Lucent said that it has been selected by STC (Saudi Telecom Company), a telecommunications carrier in Saudi Arabia, to conduct an end-to-end Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial, to begin in the second half of 2010. The trial will enable STC to test the performance of LTE-based services and assess the related business models.
Alcatel-Lucent said that it will be leveraging its LTE expertise to provide an end-to-end integrated offering including LTE base stations (eNodeBs), the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP service routing network elements as well as operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) systems.
Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a range of professional services including project management, planning, installation, integration and commissioning, and testing.
Amr El Leithy, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Africa and the Middle East, said: “This trial is a major step in the adoption of LTE technology in the Middle-East. STC can count on our technical leadership and transformation expertise to unleash LTE’s full business potential.
“We consider this agreement to be a strong endorsement of Alcatel-Lucent’s innovation and forward-looking strategy in the area of mobile broadband solutions and efficient high-performance IP-based network.”