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Alcatel-Lucent Demos LTE Running at 800Mhz in Europe

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Alcatel Lucent says that it has successfully completed the worldwide first LTE data call on the 800 MHz "European Digital Dividend" (EDD) spectrum band in a live network. The call was completed last month at Alcatel Lucent's LTE end to end solutions center in Stuttgart, Germany, involved transmitting high definition video streaming over the air using Alcatel Lucent's commercial infrastructure platforms and prototype mobile devices.

In Germany a frequency auction including the 800 MHz spectrum band is expected to take place in the 2nd quarter of 2010.

"This is a major breakthrough on our path to become the first vendor to offer a commercial solution for the 'Digital Dividend` spectrum", said Ken Wirth, President of Alcatel-Lucent's LTE/4G Solutions. "Our goal is to quickly and effectively support operators in their plans to further enhance the availability of broadband services all over the region, so we adapted our LTE solution to the 800 MHz frequency band quite early on and we are now working with customers on field trials."

Deploying LTE at 800MHz has a clear benefit for operators which can require fewer sites to cover rural areas.

Alcatel-Lucent has live 2.6GHz LTE networks in Stuttgart and Velizy in France and its 2.6GHz radio modules are CE marked, clearing the way for shipment of 2.6GHz LTE base stations in the European Economic Area (EEA).

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