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Alcatel-Lucent Wins Sri Lankan Network Expansion Contract

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Alcatel Lucent has announced a contract with Etisalat's Sri Lanka subsidiary to significantly boost its GSM EDGE network capacity and coverage and build its first 3G HPSA wireless all IP broadband network. The contract is described as being in the "multi million dollar" range.

In total, 480 GSM/EDGE sites and 515 3G HPSA+sites will be deployed as part of the contract. Alcatel-Lucent's solution also includes a MiTV application that will enable Etisalat Lanka to offer mobile broadband and multimedia services such as mobile interactive television and video to over 3 million subscribers and businesses in Sri Lanka.

By transforming the network to IP, Etisalat Lanka is building a network that can intelligently deliver new personalized multimedia services to its business and consumer users. This network will also leverage IP to offer scalable bandwidth to accommodate the anticipated surge in mobile traffic and provide the foundation for the seamless future introduction of LTE technology.

"Alcatel-Lucent's solution and support will help us expand our network and introduce the innovative wireless services that our subscribers are expecting," said Mr. Sanath Pilapitiya, CTO of Etisalat Lanka. "Our ongoing relationship with Alcatel-Lucent and their experience in both wireless and IP along with an optimized total cost of ownership were among the key reasons we selected them as our sole supplier".

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