Alcatel-Lucent Deploys 3G Network in Reunion
Published on: 6th Jan 2009
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Alcatel Lucent says that it has successfully deployed a 3G network for the mobile operator SRR in the island nation of R union. The first phase of this UMTS HSPA wireless network deployment was made in 2008 mostly in R union's Saint Denis commune and in the island's main towns.
"We are extremely proud to be the first to deploy an Alcatel-Lucent 3G network in Réunion; 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", declared Pierre-Antoine Legagneur, SRR's network technical director.
Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent designs, deploys, and maintains an end-to-end 3G network including the UTRAN and its distributed Node B solution, its NGN solution consisting of the Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Call Server and Media Gateway, the intelligent network (IN) services and application platforms and the advisory and design services for wireless optimization. Alcatel-Lucent also supplies its new generation microwave transmission solution for mobile backhaul applications and to support the transport of voice and data traffic from the base stations to the core network. In addition Alcatel-Lucent is solely responsible for the maintenance of the operator's network.
Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas départements of France.
Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union and, as an overseas department of France, is part of the Eurozone. In fact, due to its location in a time zone to the east of Europe, Réunion was the first region in the world where the euro became legal tender.
Based on statistics from the Mobile World database, SRR ended last September with just under an estimated 500,000 subscribers - which gave it a market share of 61%.